15. Climate Crisis

Weather and Climate: a Teachers’ Guide

Pathway: Climate

Changing Global ClimateUK ClimateChanging UK climate – Climate Crisis

Lesson overview: In this lesson we explore the language used to talk about climate change and look in detail at sea level rise, tipping points and UN climate negotiations.

The Climate Crisis movement grew during 2018 with the formation of Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg’s Schools Climate Strike.   The language used by both politicians and the public to describe climate change was transformed over the space of a few months; Blue Planet 2 sensitised the UK public to the environmental impacts of our lives, Extinction Rebellion was formed to demand greater and faster action to reduce the impacts of climate change and Greta Thunberg’s Schools Climate Strike spread across the world.  The discourse changed and legally binding commitments were demanded from national governments to reduce emissions and limit warming to 1.5oC following an IPCC report.

Learning objectives:

  • To consider a range of facts and opinions on climate change.

  • To decide if we are in a climate crisis.

  • To understand what tipping points are and their impact on climate change.

Key Teaching Resources

The Climate Crisis PowerPoint
The Climate Crisis PowerPoint (easier)
The Climate Crisis Worksheet
The Climate Crisis Worksheet (easier)
Climate Crisis Global Effects Homework

Teacher CPD/ Extended Reading

Climate Crisis_More for Teachers

Alternative or Extension Resources

Climate Negotiations in the Classroom resource

Weather and Climate: a Teachers’ Guide