Introduction to Climate Change

11 May 2017

Teachers in Papua New Guinea will now have access to more resources to teach students in the upper primary level grades 6, 7 and 8 about climate change.

The resource called ‘Introduction to Climate Change’ is a supplementary material which will enable teachers in upper primary to integrate topics relating to climate change issues to be taught to the students.

The Introduction to Climate Change resource, produced by the Wildlife Conservation Society in-partnership with the Climate Change Development Authority and United Nations Development Programme, includes information on climate change, activities, take home assignments and quiz questions to test how well students understand the issue of climate change. 

This resource material is published through consultation and surveys with teachers, students, and boards of governors in selected schools across five provinces: East Sepik, Madang, Morobe, New Ireland and Oro. 

It is a guide for teachers to educate students on information about climate change and its impacts and the adaptation issues relating to climate change such as food security, health, and sanitation.

The material points out four areas which are to ensure that climate change is presented in local context and emphasis on contemporary issues, comparison of the past, present and future and to understand the different issues affecting the surroundings.

The licensed material allows the resource to be used for any educational and awareness purposes which can be used teachers, students, and members of the community.  It contains seven chapters which are:

1.    Weather and Climate

2.    Global Warming and Green House Effect

3.    Global Warming

4.    What is Climate Change

5.    Impact of Climate Change

6.    Mitigation and Adaption

7.    What can we do now?

Each chapter in the resource material contains background information with discussions, activities and quiz question at the end of each chapter to enable student’s participation.

The cover photos which shows the coastline of Kavulik Village in Tsoi Island, New Island Province is indicates the issues of climate change evident through the rise of sea level. 

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