Solutions to Climate Change Start in the Classroom

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From November 30 to December 11, countries from around the globe will meet to discuss how to deal with climate change at the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, France. The central goal for the Conference is to make a comprehensive and legally binding international agreement on climate change.

In recent years, international attention to climate change has risen. Most students today know about the melting ice caps and the sad plight of polar bears. What students are less aware of is the immense impact climate change is having on the world’s poorest, in the far reaches of the globe, and what role they themselves can play in tackling the issue.

Beyond the rising seas and the UN conventions, the global consequences of climate change are wide ranging, complex, and transcend national boundaries. In GCC’s new Unit Plan on Climate Change, students will have the opportunity to learn more about the inequality embedded within climate change, the diversity of the consequences in the poorest parts of the world, and what solutions are being implemented by NGO’s like Concern Worldwide to help build resilient communities.

The 5 lessons arc is available for FREE under the Resources tab above. In this standards-aligned resource, students will:

  • Examine the need for, and challenges associated with, climate change globally
  • Assess  the interconnection of poverty related issues and climate change
  • Learn diverse solutions being implemented around the globe that are shaping the future for a sustainable world
  • Be inspired to take action on climate change within their own communities

As President Obama stated at the first meeting of COP21 today (November 30th, 2015), the urgency of the issue and the ability to act now are all too real:

“Nearly 200 nations have assembled here this week — a declaration that for all the challenges we face, the growing threat of climate change could define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other.  What should give us hope that this is a turning point, that this is the moment we finally determined we would save our planet, is the fact that our nations share a sense of urgency about this challenge and a growing realization that it is within our power to do something about it.” – President Obama at the first meeting of COP21 on November 30, 2015.