1. What is global warming? 2. What human activities are contributing to
climate change? 3. Is climate change fair?
climate climate change global warming impact temperature weather
Describe how human activity is contributing to climate change.
Geography Discuss how human activity has impacted on or
changed the physical and/or human features of a place over time (i.e. types of settlement and
land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources
including energy, food, minerals and water).
Evaluate the effect of commercial activity on the environment and consider ways
to sustain or improve the environment.
A video presentation about human activities that are causing climate change
Teaching the Explore
Can you remember?
In the previous Explore, pupils learned some new concepts. Ask them to describe to a
partner what the following words mean:
Answers can be found on the teaching slide.
What causes climate change?
We will now consider the question: What impact is climate change having on the way
Display the Wallbook Chronicle newspaper article on climate change on the workseet.
Read together and ask pupils to find and retrieve information about climate change from the text.
What do scientists believe is the main force behind global temperature rises?
Name three effects of global warming.
Give an example of a human behaviour that is believed to have contributed to global warming.
How does the IPCC suggest that the global warming trend can be reduced?
This article was written in 2014. Have we made any progress since then in reducing
climate change? Show the photo of Greta Thunberg from the slide. Do pupils know who she is? What
is she trying to achieve? The teaching slide gives more information about Greta Thunberg.
Explain that she is a Swedish environmental activist who has gained international recognition for
promoting the view that humanity is facing an existential crisis arising from climate change. The
slide provides links to further information on Great Thunberg from the BBC and Britannica.
We have already looked at the term ‘global temperature rises’. We are now going to
learn more about global temperature change. Explain that global warming is something that is
affecting the climate of our earth – the average temperature across our world is gradually rising. Display
the graph on the slide, which is reproduced from the Met Office:
Elicit that some parts of the Earth are warming faster than others. But on average,
global air temperatures near Earth's surface have been gradually increasing over the past 100
years. In fact, the past five years have been the warmest five years in centuries.
including scientists, are concerned about this warming. As Earth’s climate continues to warm, the
intensity and amount of rainfall during storms such as hurricanes is expected to increase.
and heat waves are also expected to become more intense as the climate warms.
Pupils can find more information through the slide’s link to NASA’s Earth Observatory:
Ask pupils to brainstorm. Can pupils list some human activities that are
contributing to climate change?
Consider which human behaviours are harming the environment and contributing to global warming
(e.g. cars, factories, aerosols).
Think back to ‘Island in peril’ from the previous Explore. Can they recall some of the factors
(e.g. animal invaders, tourist trouble)?
Activity 1: What human activities are contributing to climate change?
Split the class into two groups to research and become an expert in one of the
Travel and tourism
Pupils then share their findings with the rest of the group in a
short video presentation. (They could use PowerPoint slides and narrate them or include an
interview with an environmental expert.)
After the presentations, the class should be prepared to answer questions, such as:
Who is responsible for climate change?
Who are the biggest contributors?
What is a carbon footprint?
What processes are involved in producing a loaf of bread?
The following slides then give information on the kind of information that pupils
may present if they choose the greenhouse effect for their video.
Activity 2: Is climate change fair?
Pupils to recognise that everybody in the world has a carbon footprint but some
people are responsible for more carbon dioxide emissions than others. They should also recognise
that everyone is affected by climate change, but that people living in poverty are the most
vulnerable. Share the ‘Climate Stories’ from Oxfam through the link in the sides:
‘Destroying nature is destroying lives.’ What does the artist mean when he says
What impact does the artwork have? How does it make us feel about the future? Watch the video:
Summarise how polar bear hunting has been impacted by rising sea levels. Why is it harder for the animals now? Why have things changed? (Other video extracts can be seen on Seven worlds, One Planet by David Attenborough.)