This blog has been created as a forum for examining recent developments in Science education. We are graduate students at the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Preventing Climate Change in Windsor

The Green Movement in Denmark 

This clip is from the climate change documentary Survivng Earth. In Malmo and Vaxjo Sweden we interview city planners, power plant operators and power plant owners, and professors at universities to learn what they are doing to mitigate the impacts of their communities on climate change, as well as to create sustainable communities and at the same time create new jobs in new sectors. The theme of this clip is to show how to create a better environment for citizens of a community, be a good steward to the planet by reducing pollution, and showing how innovative design can be used to create a comfortable and sustainable home. Foremost we show how human ingenuity has helped these communities create jobs while making the world a cleaner and better place for humanity. 

Inspiring Future Generations

Understanding and responding to climate change will require strong national and international commitments, technological innovation, and human willpower. Current scientific research on climate change has illustrated that it has affected humans and the ecosystems on which they depend. The future of our planet will primarily rely on human actions that are taken today to gradually reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
  1. Would this pilot project to create a carbon dioxide neutral environment be attainable in our communities?
  2. Would elementary and secondary students be receptive to changing their daily life styles to prevent the increasing amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere?
  3. Are incentives required to motivate citizens as agents of change? 
Exploring Earth and Space Science (Climate Change) in our Classrooms

According to the Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 and 10 (Revised 2008), the impact of Science, Technology, Society, and Environment (STSE) will continue to grow. The goal of Ontario secondary schools is to provide a high level of scientific literacy to develop specific knowledge and skills that may be applied to various occupations in the workforce. In grade 10 academic classes, students study Earth and Space Science: Climate Change to understand the effects and address the issues of climate change and how natural and human factors influence the Earth's climate.

The Assignment

Students will work collaboratively in a group of 3 to design and explain how we can live in an environment that is carbon dioxide neutral. Some issues that will be addressed include: smog, extreme weather events, governmental initiatives, and recycling programs. Students will create a 3-dimensional structure to illustrate the effects of climate change and write a 10 page research report on the environmental issues that societies are dealing with and the possible solutions that are helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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