Heat Up Over Climate Change: What Climate Change Really Means
This lesson plan is a part of the Heat Up Over Climate Change action pack. It will enable you and your group to make the link between climate change and the effects it has on the world’s most vulnerable communities. The Heat up action pack can be used by peer educators, youth workers and teachers and is designed to get your group thinking about and taking action on climate change. It offers a variety of activities focused on background information, answering “big questions” and student action plans.
Time Required: 30-45 minutes
-To make the link between climate change and the effects it has on the world’s most vulnerable communities.
What to do:
1)Ask everyone in your group to think about any words they associate with ‘climate change’. Ask them to note these words down on the scraps of paper. Use blu-tac and ask everyone to stick their words up on a wall. Go around the group and get everyone to share their words. This will give you a good idea about what the group already knows.
2)Now get your group together and watch a short film ‘UNICEF: Climate change and children’ on You Tube. http://tinyurl.com/climatevideo
3)If you don’t have access to the internet, ask the group to have a look at the flowchart on page 3 of the action pack.
4)After watching the film (or looking at the flowchart), ask your group if anything surprised them. Was there anything in the film/flowchart they hadn’t thought related to climate change, if so, what?
5)Now ask everyone to take a sheet of paper and use all the material provided to get creative and show at least three ways that climate change can affect the world’s most vulnerable children. If people are struggling to find three effects, here are some starting points: hunger, education, healthcare, shelter, water and sanitation.
Some talking points:
Why can the most vulnerable children be more at risk to the effects of climate change?
How does climate change affect children’s rights? What are children’s rights?
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