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Explore the Impact of Climate Change on Australia’s Marine and Coastal Environment

Sample Unit Sequence and Activity Ideas

 

TUNING IN: Sample Activities

 

Shared Book Approach

Read books and surf websites about climate change, carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

For example:

Flannery, T. We Are the Weather Makers, Text Publishing, Melbourne , 2006

Houghton, C. & J. Water, soil and air, Macmillan Australia , 1990

MacRae-Campbell, L. Our troubled skies , Cheltenham , Victoria : Hawker Brownlow Education, 1992

McRae, R. Cry me a river , Angus & Robertson , Australia , 1991

Stille, D. Air pollution , Chicago : Children's Press, 1990. or

Trafford, C. Weather or notů: it's a climate for change , Etram Pty Ltd, 2007.

See References for additional titles.

Websites

Australian Government Climate Change Website

www.climatechange.gov.au

www.climatechange.gov.au/impacts/publications/marinelife.html

Bureau of Meteorology

www.bom.gov.au

Climate Change Kids Website

www.epa.gov/climtechange/kids.index.index

Cool the Globe

www.cooltheglobe.com/index

Global Warming Youtube Multimedia production on climate change

www.youtube.com.au/watch?v-or6GPTB4Tio

Impact of Climate Change on Marine Environment

www.defra.gov.uk/news/latest/2008/marine-1601.htm

Climate Change, Fisheries and the Marine Environment

www.csiro.au/science/Marine-Climate-Adaptation.html

Marine Climate Change Impacts

www.sahfos.ac.uk/climate%20encyclopaedia/index2.html

Coastal Environments in a Changing World

www.wentworthgroup.org/docs/coastal_environments_in_changing_world.pdf

Climate Change and Australia 's Coastal Communities

www.cmar.csiro.au/e-print/open/CoastalBroch2002.pdf

Discuss different types of carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions

Ask students:

  • What do we mean by carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions?
  • How many different types of carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions can you think of? (industry sources, point and diffuse sources, natural sources, transport sources, consumer products that might contain carbon etc)
  • What sort of impacts do these emissions have on human health and the environment?

List students' answers.

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