Climate Change in the Classroom

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Climate Change in the Classroom

In this lesson we discover more on the topic of SDG13 - Climate Change

As the climate changes rapidly, most informed people realize this. When, during the courses, Comundos asked young people and their teachers in the Global South: Guatemala, Honduras, Mozambique, the Philippines, Cameroon, South Africa, and Brazil, what message they would like to convey to the world, they often answered  "climate change - SDG 13". Many see this as a challenge and want to learn about, seek for and act upon solutions. 

The short stories from different continents give an insight into local challenges and solutions.
One of the big challenges that come with climate change is learning how to live together ... intercultural dialogues. 

 

Introductory questions:

  • How much do you know about climate change and global warming?
  • Are you worried about climate change and what it means for the future?
  • What do you most want to learn about climate change?
  • Who should be taking the most action to address climate change?
  • What would you like to do to address climate change in the future?
  • Would it be possible to think of an action to sensitize the neighborhood? 

Some questions on stories:
Fighting climate change in Senegal (Tambacounda)

  • How does climate change show itself in Tambacounda?
  • Where does the author live? 
  • What happened, last year in July 2019, in this story? 
  • What country is neighboring? And how is the situation there?
  • What consequences do these irregularities in the climate bring?
  • How far is it from the capital city? ( Tambacounda, 400 km from Dakar)
  • Open Google earth: Tambacounda

Climate change in Honduras

  • Where does the author live?
  • What are the solutions he is giving at the end? Do you agree? What can we do at school?

Migration ( linked with Climate Change)
People have always migrated. But since climate change, this is occurring more often. By using stories from different regions in the world, students can look for similarities, in different continents.

We could learn from many regions in the world on how to deal with harsh climate conditions.
People don't migrate when local problems are being tackled. Listen to the story of Fabiano that gives us an insight on harsh climate conditions, migration and revival of the local economy in the semi-arid region of Brazil.
Water-Harvesting in the semi-arid region of Brazil

In many regions, we see the same dynamics ... do you ?

Illegal emigration

  • Why do you think people migrate? 
  • Do you think that migration and climate change are related? Why?
  • What are the dangers of migrating?
  • Do you think that governments should act to stop illegal immigration? Why and how do you think they could do it?

*Teachers can find more digital stories and content about climate change from other countries (Mozambique, Benin, Cameroon...) in SDG 13 Climate Action.

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