Earlier this summer, a report by the United Nations Climate Change Team, a group of scientists called by the United Nations, found that global warming could not be avoided. But there is still a short window to prevent things from getting worse.
The report will focus this week on COP26, where nearly 20,000 heads of state, diplomats and activists will meet in person and set new targets to reduce coal, oil and gas emissions.
In this lesson, you will learn seven ways in which we can slow down climate change and avoid some of the worst consequences. Become an expert in one of these strategies or technologies using Jigsaw and share what you have learned with your classmates. Then, develop your own climate plan and consider ways you can make a difference based on your new knowledge.
What do you know about ways the world can reduce climate change? Start by listing strategies, technologies, or policies to address the climate crisis.
Which do you think could have the biggest impact on climate change? Surround yourself with what you think might be the top three.
Now, check out your knowledge by taking this 2017 interactive quiz
After you’re done, think about it in writing or in conversation with a partner.
What solutions did you learn about climate change that you did not know before?
Surprised by the answers to the question? If so, which ones and why?
What questions do you still have about climate change?
As you learned from the heater, there are many possible ways to reduce the negative effects of climate change. Below we have compiled seven most effective solutions, most of which you have introduced in the question.
In this jigsaw puzzle, you will become an expert in one of the climate solutions listed below and then share what you have learned with your classmates. Teachers may allow a student or small group to assign or select each topic. Students, Read at least one of the linked articles On your topic; You can use that article as a jumppoint for further research.
Climate change solutions
Renewable Energy: Scientists agree that in order to avoid the devastating effects of climate change, countries must immediately move away from fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and gas, and instead switch to renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, or nuclear energy. Read about one of these manufacturers, the potential of beach wind turbines and see how they work.
Refrigerators Climate change is not the most attractive solution but one of the most effective. Read how to cool down air conditioners such as air conditioners at 2100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Transportation Governments around the world are focused on limiting the world’s largest sources of pollution: gasoline-powered cars. Read about the hopes and challenges of electric cars or how countries are reconsidering their transit systems.
Methane emissions; You’ve heard a lot about the importance of reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but what about the dangerous cousin meth? Read about ideas for stopping methane emissions and why doing so would be powerful in the short-term fight against climate change.
Agricultural harvest- Efforts to curb global warming are often fossil, but studies show that cutting greenhouse gases out of food production is also urgent. Read about four adjustments to the earth’s food supply that could go a long way.
Conservation; Scientists agree that reversing biodiversity is an important way to reduce climate change. Protect and Restore Nature Read how to cool the planet or how indigenous communities lead the way.
Carbon footage; Some companies are investing in carbon dioxide technology, as elimination of emissions may not be enough to avoid the devastating effects of climate change. Learn more about engineering carbon offsets.
Questions to consider
When reading about your climate solution, answer the following questions. You can record your answers in this graphic editor (PDF).
1. What is the solution? How does it work?
2. What problem does this strategy address with climate change?
3. What could be the effect of global warming?
4. How effective is this compared to other ways to prevent climate change? how?
5. What are the limitations of this solution?
6. What are some of the challenges or dangers (political, social, economic or technical) of this idea?
7. What further questions do you have about this strategy?
When you are done, you will meet with at least one expert on other climate solutions in “teaching teams.” Share what you know about your topic with your classmates and record what you learned from them in your graphic organizer.
Option 1 ፡ Climate planning.
Scientists say we need to legislate to prevent global warming from escalating to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius. all of them About the solutions you have learned – and more. However, the reality is that countries cannot do it right away. They have to consider which is the biggest or most immediate impact on climate change, which is very cost-effective and can be implemented politically and socially.
Think about being asked to plan for climate change. Responsibility for submission. You can start by listing the solutions you have learned from the most effective or the least urgent.
Then write a proposal for your plan that answers the following questions.
What are the three main solutions? That is, which do you think is the most urgent and the most effective in reducing global warming?
Explain your decisions. Based on your research – the articles you read and the questions you took at the beginning of the lesson – why should these solutions be prioritized?
How can you encourage companies and citizens to accept these changes? For some ideas, you can read more about climate change policies around the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Option 2 ፡ Take action.
Climate change solutions can be very difficult to think of, but there are things you can do to make a difference in your own life and in your community. Select one of the tasks below to take action, or bring one of your own.
Share climate solutions in the media. Media outlets often focus on climate change issues rather than solutions. Oppose this narrative by creating something for publication that relates to one or more of the solutions you have learned. For example, you can submit a letter to the editor, write an article for your school newspaper, post a piece on one of the upcoming student contests, or create an infographic to share on social networks.
Make changes in your own life. How can you make good climate choices when it comes to one or more topics? For example, you can eat a little meat, take public transportation, or turn off the air conditioner. Write a plan explaining what you are doing (or are doing) based on the study and how you can reduce climate change.
Join the movement. This guest article urges people to focus on systems, not on themselves. What groups can you join in working on some of the solutions you have learned? Identify at least one group, or local, national, or international, and one way you can support it. Or, if you are old enough to vote, consider the local, state, or federal politician you would like to support based on his or her climate policies.
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