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 LEARN ABOUT 

 GOAL 13 CLIMATE ACTION 

CLIMATE ACTION - In this workshop students will learn about the disastrous affects of climate change and its affecting our atmosphere.

YOU WILL NEED

Balloons

Tape

Pens

1. Be informed about the environamental issues facing the planet. 

 

2. Explore the vulnerability of our ecosystem and atmosphere. 

 

3. Consider the roles and responsibilities in addressing these issues.

BACKGROUND RESOURCES

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

VIDEO

CONTEXT

 

Climate change is a constant growing threat to the world around is and little is being done to help avert or prolong this crisis. this is seen as global emissions has increased by almost half since 1990. The average global temperature from 1880 to 2012 had increased by 0.85 degree Celsius this in turn affects the productions of major crops. This crisis will never be fixed however we can prolong the affects if countries banded together to help put a stop to non-environmentally friendly products and services.

what are its targets?

  • Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing states, including focusing in women, youth and local marginalized communities. 

  • Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.

  • integrate climate change and measures into national policies, strategies and planning.

ACTIVITY

                                                                                             Our Sensitive Planet

 

Depending on group size, do the exercise in a large group or divide the class in half.

A sustainable world is a world in which our planet can meet the needs of our present society without compromising the needs of future societies. To do this we need to find a balance between an economic system that can sustain a just social system within a finite ecosystem. This can be a difficult balance to reach and many suggest we are at a cliffs edge and need to make rapid changes before it is too late. See if you are able to make the changes in time.

 

  1. Blow up a balloon fully. Hand it to a participant and ask them to think of or read out an issue the planet is facing that we need to change (they can use the handout provided).

  2. Ask them to take a piece of tape and stick it to the balloon. Write the issue on the tape using a ballpoint pen. Pass it to the next person.

  3. The next person must remove this piece of tape unless they have done something to deal with this issue (example Pollution: they cycle to school instead of drive).

  4. Once they have removed the tape they can then read out and add the next issue to the balloon and pass it on. Repeat.

 

  • Note: If the balloon bursts early you can start another. If it doesn’t burst they have succeeded in sustaining the delicate balance of the earth.

     

 AT HOME 

Assign an issue from the handout to each person. Research and write a page about that issue. Collect all pages together in a reference document. Decide on the top priorities to take action on. 

CLOSURE

Write down a pledge of what you plan to do with the information you have learned today.

UNICEF VIDEO

 

Hear what UNICEF Youth Activist Ciara Judge has to say on how to take action on Climate Change. 

Two UNICEF Youth Acitivsts made this video as part of their project on climate change.

Download thier full Advocacy Plan and read about their campaign.

UNICEF ACTIVIST

Whole School Climate Week

 
 
 
 
ART
Look at the Brandalism used during the COP21 and create your own brandalism poster
BIOLOGY
Study the impact of eco-system disruption and the current biodiversity loss happening due to pollution.
Watch Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing.
BUSINESS
Research the impact of environmental responsibility on business
CHEMISTRY
Watch Sylvia Earle: My wish: Protect our Oceans. Research the causes of Ocean Acidification and its impact on marine life
CSPE
Research Ireland's political record on climate change.
ENGLISH
Watch The rap artist EHA sing Dear Future Generations - Sorry and write your own dear future generations letter
LANGUAGES
Watch the World Meteorological Associations Weather reports for 2050 on YouTube from a corresponding language and create one for Ireland.
GEOGRAPHY
C4 Economic Inequality The Earth’s Resources –
Who Benefits? Research who has contributed/impacted most/least to climate change
History
Watch 300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds and discuss the impact of the industrial revolution on the current climate change.
HOME ECONOMICS
Research the foods that have a significant impact on climate change, meat and dairy, palm oil, fish and the impact food waste has on the environment.
IRISH
Research the ancient Irish phrases regarding weather and create new ones based on the current weather predictions above the 2 degree line.
MATHS
Research Ireland’s contribution to the Green Climate Fund and workout what the average per capita contribution is globally – Write a letter to the information to the Department of the Environment about the topic.
RELIGION
Climate Justice
Watch and discuss Ted Talk by Mary Robinson Why Climate Change is a Threat to Human Rights
SCIENCE
Research the energy producing alternatives to fossil fuels, Ireland could benefit from.
SPHE
Use UNICEF’s Health Workshop and discuss the impact a meat and dairy based diet has on global climate change.
WOODWORK
Investigate sustainable sources of wood and the reasons to only buy products with the FSC logo.
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