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Pedagogical activity: Environment, Ecoliteracy & Climate Change

The proposal gives us three examples of how we can approach the situation about climate change with our students. Obviously depending on the age of the students we need to adapt the contents of these 3 situations (their links and documents) to a point that our students will be able to understand.

In these three examples we can find a lot of official data that we can use to make posters, graphical representations of statistics, maps… to represent de situation and make it easier for our students to understand the situation.

The sites talk about specific years or months but they are active, so you will find here new data updated over time.

Example 1:

2023 Report – Lancet Countdown

“The latest Lancet Countdown report underscores the imperative for a health-centred response in a world facing irreversible harms.

Climate inaction is costing lives and livelihoods today, with new global projections revealing the grave and mounting threat to health of further delayed action on climate change. But bold climate action could offer a lifeline for health.

This year’s report launches just weeks before the COP28 which has a health focus for the first time. The findings underscore the opportunity of a lifetime that COP could help deliver – through commitments and action to accelerate a just transition. Without profound and swift mitigation to tackle the root causes of climate change and to support adaptation efforts, the health of humanity is at grave risk.

Our 2023 Report tracks the relationship between health and climate change across five key domains and 47 indicators, providing the most up-to-date assessment of the links between health and climate change.”

Lancet Countdown 2023 Report

Example 2:

Copernicus: October 2023 – Exceptional temperature anomalies; 2023 virtual certain to be warmest year on record.

Copernicus is the European Union's Earth Observation Programme. It is a leading provider of Earth observation data, which is used for services providers, public authorities and other international organisations to improve the quality of life for the European citizens. The gathered EO data benefit emergency response, global food security, border control and homeland security by contributing to maritime surveillance.

Copernicus Services

The Copernicus services transform this wealth of satellite and in situ data into value-added information by processing and analysing the data. Datasets stretching back for years and decades are made comparable and searchable, thus ensuring the monitoring of changes; patterns are examined and used to create better forecasts, for example, of the ocean and the atmosphere. Maps are created from imagery, features and anomalies are identified and statistical information is extracted.

These value-adding activities are streamlined through six thematic streams of Copernicus services: Atmosphere, Marine, Land, Climate Change, Security, Emergency.

Example 3:

Climate crisis will make Europe’s beer cost more and taste worse, say scientists.

This article appeared in The Guardian on 2023 Oct 10th, based in a research published by Nature (a prestigious weekly international journal publishing the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology): Probably the documented fact can be considered as an anecdotal fact, but it is a clear example of the multilateralism that the Climate Change phenomenon entails.

“A recent rise in the global brewery sector has increased the demand for high-quality, late summer hops. The effects of ongoing and predicted climate change on the yield and aroma of hops, however, remain largely unknown. Here, we combine meteorological measurements and model projections to assess the climate sensitivity of the yield, alpha content and cone development of European hops between 1970 and 2050 CE, when temperature increases by 1.4 °C and precipitation decreases by 24 mm. Accounting for almost 90% of all hop-growing regions, our results from Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovenia show that hop ripening started approximately 20 days earlier, production declined by almost 0.2 t/ha/year, and the alpha content decreased by circa 0.6% when comparing data before and after 1994 CE. A predicted decline in hop yield and alpha content of 4–18% and 20–31% by 2050 CE, respectively, calls for immediate adaptation measures to stabilize an ever-growing global sector.”

Nature Communications



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