Climate Change: Making Change

Through a range of activities, learners can explore the impacts of climate change, understanding how different people and places are impacted differently. It is also important that learners begin to explore the ways in which people are mitigating against and adapting to the changes. A range of suggested resources and activities can support learners to think about the impacts of climate change now and in the future.  

This is recommended as session five in the KS3 Climate Change unit of learning, supporting an understanding of the impacts of climate change.

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< 30 minutes
KS3

Preparation

Green Skills 

  • Environmental Stewardship  

Curriculum Links 

Geography:

  • Physical processes: Understanding how sequences of events and activities in the physical and human worlds lead to changes in places, landscapes and societies. 

Citizenship: 

  • Understand the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities.

Step by step

Quick Starter Activity  

Use Met Office Philosophy for Children (P4C) questions as a starting point for discussion.  

Met Office: Climate Change P4C. Big question: Should pictures be used more to communicate about climate change?  

Main Activity Suggestions  

Suggestion 1 (Indoor) 

ThoughtBox: Ripple Effects. This session will support your learners to understand the impacts of climate change in different communities around the world and other ripple effects, through images and information.

Suggestion 2 (Indoor) 

Royal Meteorological Society: So What About Climate? Choose from a range of information sheets which focus on different impacts including flooding, animal migration and global dimensions, to encourage students to research and discuss the importance of the issue of climate change.

Top Tips

Use these critical reflection questions for discussion (creating a culture of valuing and respecting all opinions): 

  • It is better to mitigate against or adapt to climate change?
  • Why is it important to learn about the impacts of climate change on other people and other places around the world? 

You can also challenge your learners to think about these questions after watching this IPCC Sixth Assessment Report Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptations and Vulnerability Trailer (2-minutes):

Preview image for the video "IPCC Sixth Assessment Report - Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability trailer".