STAGE 2: EXPLORE PEOPLE AND PLACES EXPERIENCING CLIMATE CHANGE
The ‘Explore’ phase includes activities in which they can explore the concept or skill. They grapple with the problem or phenomenon and describe it in their own words. This phase allows students to acquire a common set of experiences that they can use to help each other make sense of the new concept or skill.
Explore Step 2.1: Investigate environmental factors and climate change in Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Philippines
Suggested Subject Area: Environmental Education, Geography and Literacy
To provide students with opportunities to:
You will need:
Explain to the students that many places globally are already experiencing the environmental effects of climate change.
View videos and find out more about Kiribati, the island nation vulnerable to the effects of climate change and sea-level rise. View two videos about Kiribati and climate change at http://www.globaleducation.edu.au/resources-gallery/resource-gallery-video.html (Or via links below)
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Investigate the water scarcity issues experienced in Tuvalu and read a case study at http://www.globaleducation.edu.au/case-studies/drought-in-the-pacific.html
Find out about how the installation of water tanks and guttering on houses has enabled more water to be collected and stored in a sustainable way. Consider this idea for your school’s buildings.
The case study also describes a composting toilet initiative, one that enables water use and pollution to be reduced and the compost to be used on gardens. Consider these ideas for your school.
The Philippines is highly vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change is projected to increase the severity and frequency of many natural disasters globally. Read more about the Philippines’ issue with typhoons (also known as cyclones or hurricanes), heavy rains and winds at http://www.globaleducation.edu.au/case-studies/the-winds-of-change-philippines.html
Explore how these three countries are adapting to a changing climate, responding by managing water resources better and discuss the challenges each faces providing fresh water to communities.
Use the climate exchange website at http://climatexchange.aspacnet.org/ to learn more about places and people globally affected by a changing climate. Explore a range of places and people who are adapting to the climate challenges being faced.
Ask questions like: