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Climate Change: A Local Focus on a Global Issue Downloadable Booklet

One of our best tools, a booklet entitled “Climate Change: A Local Focus on a Global Issue”, features background information on climate change as well as lesson plans and in-class activities designed to engage students and make them more aware of this very important topic. A sample of the resources can be seen below.






Climate Change


It is very important to remember that the climate is always changing. For example, 10,000 years ago our province was covered with huge sheets of ice several kilometers thick! Then, temperatures gradually increased and the glaciers melted. This all happened quite naturally.

So then we ask ourselves, if the climate has always changed why are we worried about it now? The answer is simple. We are concerned because climate change is happening faster than ever before.

Transportation


Think about how you move from place to place. Do you travel by car or take the bus? Do you ride your bike or walk?

There are lots of ways that you can get where you are going, but some ways are much more environmentally friendly and emit less CO2 than others. Transportation accounts for approximately 50% of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions, so unless we change our ways and reverse some current transportation trends, that number will only get higher.

Ecosystems


Climate change will affect ecosystems in every region of the planet. It will alter where plants and animals can live and it will determine the success of certain species.

Faced with increasing average global temperatures and a changing climate, we can expect new plant and animal species to start moving into certain regions. Species that are traditionally found in regions to the south may begin to appear in more northerly ecosystems, thus changing the face of the local environment.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, which currently boasts a cool climate and a boreal forest ecosystem, plants and animals thrive because they have adapted to the climate. If our climate changes, more deciduous trees (like maple and willow) would move in and other species (like black spruce and balsam fir) would get pushed out. Of course if the trees change, the animals will change too. The entire forest would look different.

Water and Energy Conservation


Water and energy conservation are two areas that have the potential for huge savings both in our home and in our school! By making simple changes to our daily lives, we can greatly reduce the amount of water and energy wasted, thus saving ourselves money and helping the environment too!

There are lots of ways that you can help the planet! From turning off lights and appliances when you leave the room, to making choices to eat meals made with local and meat-free ingredients once in a while, many of our small actions quickly add up to make a difference to our environment.

Click here for a handy list of ways to save water and energy!

Consumerism and Sustainable Consumption


We live in a consumer culture. While we may not think about the life cycles of various products that we purchase, it is important to realize that the life of a product doesn't begin when you buy it and end when it is disposed of.

Looking at the life of a product from the beginning to the end, or cradle to grave, is part of the idea of sustainable consumption. That means that we should use resources responsibly so that there are some left for the future.





Introducing the Climate Change Club

The Climate Change Club was formed to help discover who is in charge of climate change. Read the storybook and find out who is really in charge of this very important issue! More information on where and when this book will be available is coming soon.


Coloring Sheets

Download coloring sheets of your favorite Climate Change Club character, or the whole gang.

     
          

Climate Change Club Logo

Polly the Polar Bear

Darly the Duck

Climate Change Club Group

Petey the Penguin

Kenny the Caribou