WildED Climate Primer Slideshow


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A fun and informative 20 minute slideshow that covers key terms, definitions and some of the science behind climate change. This slideshow is a pre-program requirement for all classes registered for WildED's Exploring the Nature of Our Changing Climate Outdoor Classroom Program. As a stand-alone resource, it provides a basic introduction to the topic of climate change.

Curriculum Links: British Columbia and Yukon

Keywords: Science and Social Studies, Sustainability, Resources, Environment, Ecosystems

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    1. 1. Explores The Nature of our Changing Climate Tip: Allow each slide to run until you see this symbol: then push the spacebar or mouse to advance to the next slide.
    2. 2. What is this slideshow about? <ul><li>When you head into the park for your WildED experience, it’s going to be a fast moving, fun day in the forest. </li></ul><ul><li>To make the most of it, we’ve prepared this slideshow to help you understand a few main ideas ahead of time. </li></ul><ul><li>So tune in, enjoy and get ready for your outdoor adventure! </li></ul>Awesome! Sweet!
    3. 3. First things first… The Earth Space (very cold)
    4. 4. <ul><li>Fact: </li></ul><ul><li>Earth would be too cold to live on if it weren’t for something called the greenhouse effect . </li></ul>First things first…
    5. 5. If you were the earth <ul><li>Imagine yourself standing outside on a cold winter day, wearing only thin summer clothes… you would probably be pretty cold! </li></ul><ul><li>This is what it would feel like if you were the earth, floating around unprotected in space. </li></ul>Brr!
    6. 6. If you were the earth <ul><li>Now imagine yourself putting on a jacket on that cold winter day…whew, you’re finally warm! </li></ul><ul><li>Earth is such a nice place to live because it has a layer of gases that surround it like a warm layer of clothes. </li></ul><ul><li>These gases keep earth’s heat in, just like your jacket keeps your heat in. </li></ul>That’s better!
    7. 7. If you were the earth <ul><li>This layer of gases works like a greenhouse does, letting the sun’s heat in and then trapping that warmth inside. </li></ul><ul><li>That’s why the process that keeps the earth warm is called the greenhouse effect and the gases that surround it are called greenhouse gases . </li></ul>
    8. 8. If you were the earth <ul><li>In recent years though, humans have started putting more and more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by doing things like building factories, cutting down trees, flying in planes, and... </li></ul>
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    10. 10. If you were the earth <ul><li>Releasing all those extra greenhouse gases is like you having to put on more and more layers of clothes </li></ul>Help!
    11. 11. If you were the earth <ul><li>Eventually you would get too hot! And so does the earth. </li></ul><ul><li>This increase in temperature is called global warming . </li></ul>
    12. 12. Another way to look at it
    13. 13. What’s the big deal? <ul><li>Unfortunately, a warmer earth doesn’t mean we all get to just hang out at the beach year round! </li></ul>
    14. 14. What’s the big deal? <ul><li>Instead, when the earth’s atmosphere gets even a little bit hotter it has more energy. </li></ul><ul><li>This energy causes stronger winds, bigger storms and intense weather of all sorts. </li></ul>
    15. 15. What’s the big deal? <ul><li>This increased energy can have huge impacts on weather and climate </li></ul><ul><li>For example, the stronger winds caused by global warming push weather systems around the globe. Like this… </li></ul>
    16. 16. Climate Change <ul><li>In this way, typically warm places might end up with cold weather, or a chilly place might warm up. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Climate Change <ul><li>And when the weather in a place changes a lot, we can say that the ‘climate’ has changed… </li></ul><ul><li>We should take a moment here to explain the difference between ‘weather’ and ‘climate’ </li></ul>
    18. 18. A Quick Explanation <ul><li>Weather is what happens outside on the short term (like yesterday, today or tomorrow). </li></ul><ul><li>Climate is the pattern that weather takes over the long term (like years and decades). </li></ul>
    19. 19. A Quick Explanation <ul><li>For example, a winter day in Vancouver could have sunny weather : </li></ul><ul><li>But, because we have a rainy winter climate , we know that in general it is likely to be wet. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Climate Change <ul><li>So here is what we’ve learned so far: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Global warming caused by excess greenhouse gases creates more energy in the atmosphere, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Which causes changes in the weather , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And once enough of those changes have happened the climate changes. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>That’s where the term Climate Change comes from! </li></ul>
    21. 21. Climate Change <ul><li>So, now we know what climate change is , but what sort of effects might it have? </li></ul><ul><li>Well, like we just learned different places will experience all sorts of different effects. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Climate Change Effects <ul><li>Here’s what we expect to happen in BC: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Warmer weather </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less snow and more rain in winter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drier summers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Which adds up to: water shortages </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Climate Change <ul><li>Unpredictable changes to the climate are a big deal for people, but are also tough for other animals and plants. </li></ul><ul><li>Plants and animals rely on a predictable climate to provide them with familiar food and shelter. </li></ul><ul><li>When things change it affects lots of species… </li></ul>
    24. 24. Climate Change Effects <ul><li>Melting sea ice makes it hard for polar bears to hunt for seals </li></ul>
    25. 25. Climate Change Effects <ul><li>Pikas live high in BC’s mountains but might get forced out if it gets too warm </li></ul>
    26. 26. Climate Change Effects <ul><li>Warmer temperatures in BC might make our rivers too warm for salmon </li></ul>
    27. 27. Climate Change Effects <ul><li>Dry weather sounds nice for us, but Cedar trees might run into trouble if BC gets too dry! </li></ul>
    28. 28. Climate Change Effects <ul><li>Humans and nature can probably adapt to all this change so long as we don’t let the climate change too much </li></ul><ul><li>But that means people need to take responsibility for causing climate change and to take action to slow it down! </li></ul>
    29. 29. Dealing with Climate Change <ul><li>The good news is that since people are the cause of this problem, people also have the power to fix it! </li></ul><ul><li>In fact, we’re already getting on the right track with some things… </li></ul>
    30. 30. Dealing with Climate Change <ul><li>For example, remember that greenhouse gas producing car way back at the start of the show? </li></ul><ul><li>Some people have already thought of a solution to that problem! </li></ul>
    31. 31. Solving Climate Change <ul><li>In fact, there are already lots of ideas for how to deal with climate change… </li></ul><ul><li>We just need to start putting more of these good ideas into action! </li></ul>Solar panels! Tap water not bottled water! Reduce, reuse and then recycle! Fly less! Walk more ! Hang clothes to dry! Grow more food! Efficient light bulbs! Shorter showers! Unplug what you’re not using! Use cloth bags! Buy local! $
    32. 32. Solving Climate Change <ul><li>So, here’s WildED’s simple plan to get some action happening: </li></ul><ul><li>Get Informed! </li></ul><ul><li>Get Involved! </li></ul><ul><li>Get Started! </li></ul>
    33. 33. 1. Get Informed! <ul><li>This slideshow was your first step towards getting informed! </li></ul><ul><li>Check out www.wilded.org for more info or do your own investigating. </li></ul><ul><li>The more you know, the more prepared you are to be a part of the solution. </li></ul>
    34. 34. <ul><li>For WildED, getting involved means looking for signs of change in wild places. </li></ul><ul><li>And that means getting outside and having a lot of fun in nature… </li></ul>Get Involved!
    35. 35. Get Involved! <ul><li>You’ll be spending a whole day in a park - exploring, playing games and having a great time…all while getting tips on how we can solve climate change! </li></ul>
    36. 36. Get Started! <ul><li>After a day in nature, you’ll be ready to take action in your own life to help solve climate change and to share what you’ve learned with others! </li></ul>Thanks!
    37. 37. We can do it! <ul><li>Climate change is a big deal, but we can solve it by working together </li></ul><ul><li>WildED will get you going and help you to make a difference! </li></ul><ul><li>So get ready to get into nature and into action! </li></ul>
    38. 38. We can do it! See you soon… outside! Thanks for watching!