In this single-semester science course, students are carefully guided through the complex information and systems related to global climate change. They learn to consider multiple ways of knowing that include scientific, data-driven knowledge as well as Traditional Ecological Knowledge that is based on a long-term and profound understanding of the land and surrounding ecosystems. Students learn about factors influencing climate change and what is being done to mitigate the effects. Students develop skills in reading graphs, charts, and other dataset visuals.
To provide practical perspectives on adaptation and mitigation, case studies are included detailing climate change impact to indigenous communities in the United States, Australia, the Arctic, Finland, Northern Africa, and Ecuador. Throughout the course is a connecting theme of how climate change affects interconnected systems and impacts communities and cultures with disproportionate effects. The final unit focuses on ways people around the world of all ages are working toward solutions.
For independent use and enrollment
Course Length: One Semester
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12