Are you interested in learning more about climate change? Would you like some ideas for activities for your children, your friends or for a special interest group? There are lots of resources available and we've included some of them here (what? where?) for you. If you find a great resource, let us know so it can be shared here.
Join an exclusively human and nature-powered adventure to scale the highest peak on each of the seven continents. You can watch online, or really sail, bike or climb with the team when they're in your part of the world. They will make climate observations along the way and you can post your own climate change solutions to their site.
Climate Change: your guide to inspiring action
This guide (pdf, 1.2MB) helps people better communicate their message about climate change. It outlines some basic climate change issues, presents public opinion survey results and discusses how to put together a message for a specifically targetted audience.
Global Climate Explorer
Global Climate Explorer is an online exhibition from the Exploratorium that present real time and near real time scientifc data on the atmosphere, oceans, poles, biosphere and some of the aggregated global effects of climate change. The real time data is accomapnied with explanatory text and links to the source material.
Warm Words: How are we telling the climate story and can we tell it better?
This booklet from the UK’s Institute of Public Policy is a free guide to how to engage others in the climate change debate. The publication discusses many common communication techniques and the implications that flow from these styles, using real examples.
RealClimate is a blog run by climate scientists about climate science. They have a comprehensive “start here” section as well as lots of discussion about and links to current climate research. Being a blog there are lots of comments and questions from readers, with responses direct from the researchers.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to research the scientific understanding and potential impacts of climate change. The IPCC does not conduct their own research directly, but rather monitors all of the relevant peer-reviewed scientific papers published around the world.
If you are a teacher, here are some ideas of why telling your climate change related story should be a part of your science or geography program. Get your class involved in the climate change debate and share your story with us!
Greenhouse Calculator Activity Book
The Victorian Government's Greenhouse Calculator booklet (pdf, 428 kB) is a collection of three units of work with great student activities for Years 5 - 10.
Climate, Global and Human Change: The Science Behind the Issues
Produced by Questacon, this teacher climate change handbook (pdf, 2.4MB) has a series of hands-on activities, background information and curriculum links. The booklet was produced to support climate change teacher workshops presented by the Shell Questacon Science Circus.
We've found lots of relevant material in curriculum documents from the countries and states listed below.
For example, in science, climate change could form the basis for a working scientifically current events science research and presentation project. In many curriculums, the presentation of a reasoned position is seen as as being as important as the research itself - climateXchange provides an ideal way for students to present their work in video to a global audience.
“Global warming” is also mentioned in several curriculums as an example of the importance of scientific knowledge and research in the custodianship of our planet.
Geography (or “social studies” or “SOSE”) students could interview an older relative about the changes they had noticed in the local area, use newspaper archives to conduct research into changes in a local wetland or creek or predict the effect of increasing temperature on a nearby bushland reserve.