Unit 9: World-Wide Climate Mitigation
The Paris Climate Accord https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/the-paris-agreement is the most famous worldwide set of agreements to limit the impact of climate change. But it is voluntary for each country, which doesn’t lead to a truly effective world-wide strategy to mitigate climate change. Even with such weak agreements, the U.S. government backed out of the Paris accord in 2017 under the Trump administration. Hearing about all the consternation between nations at the Paris Accord can be defeating for anyone to read. Now is the time that we as teachers can encourage students that governments and people CAN reduce climate change. And humans are very resilient and we can also adjust to the effects of climate change.
NASA https://climate.nasa.gov/solutions/adaptation-mitigation/ looks at reaction to climate change in two ways, “Responding to climate change involves two possible approaches: reducing and stabilizing the levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (‘mitigation’) and/or adapting to the climate change already in the pipeline (‘adaptation’)”.
Ways governments can reduce climate change from Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions (C2ES): https://www.c2es.org/content/federal-action-on-climate/
Washington Post 11 policies to protect the planet from 2019 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2019/01/02/feature/opinion-here-are-11-climate-change-policies-to-fight-for-in-2019/
NASA Responding to climate change: https://climate.nasa.gov/solutions/adaptation-mitigation/
Union of concerned scientists “Climate Solutions” https://www.ucsusa.org/climate/solutions
Alliance for Climate Education highlights what students are doing to mitigate climate change: https://acespace.org/
TED video on removing carbon from the atmosphere. “Can we stop climate change by removing CO2 from the air? | Tim Kruge Geoengineering researcher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPC5_P2_Fu8
NASA Climate Kids How to help reduce climate change https://climatekids.nasa.gov/how-to-help/
10 things students can do to mitigate climate change from Moms Clean Air Force: https://www.momscleanairforce.org/10-things-to-do-after-strike/
Great student participation project by Stanford Earth: https://earth.stanford.edu/climate-change-ed/curriculum/high/mitigation-strategies
Link to Stanford Earth PDF Lesson Plan https://earth.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/inline-files/LP7-HS-wholeunit.pdf
From the Nation Center for Science Education: How to mitigate climate change game.