Teachers' Climate Change Resource Centre

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On May 14, 2014 Regional Council approved the Climate Education Program (Report 2014-J-13) prepared by the Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change.

The objectives of the Climate Education Program are:

The program aims to work with community partners (mostly teachers) and strengthen relationships with all relevant school boards serving Durham Region.

Classroom Assignments - All assignments are based on local Durham data!

These resources have been developed by teachers in Durham Region and are applicable for the grade 10 science curriculum. We invite you to adapt and modify the resources to meet the skill level of your students. The ideas and data are also highly applicable for other subject areas, such as Math, English, Technology, Social Science, Geography, Civics and Business.


Screenshot of page 1SNC 2D – Planetary Boundaries Group Discussion Debate

This assignment focuses on the idea that the planet has nine boundaries that humanity must live within to ensure a safe living space. The assignment involves research, group work, debate/discussion and follow-up questions.

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Screenshot of page 1SNC 2D – Calculating Your Carbon Footprint

Students will have to calculate their carbon footprint using an online calculator, apply conversions, review climate change in Durham, have discussion and answer follow-up questions with a partner.

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SNC 2D – Map Durham Region of Durham

Screenshot of page 1Using climate data from the SENES Report, students will make a climatograph and answer follow-up analysis questions.

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SNC 2P – Climate Change Study Assignment

Using climate data from the SENES Report, students will look at the current and projected temperature, precipitation and elements of severe weather for your specific area of Durham.

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Reports and Resources

Region of Durham Community Climate Change Local Action Plan
This document was created by the Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change on behalf of the community. Many stakeholders and members of the public provided input on the plan. Students can learn about the community greenhouse gas reduction (GHG) targets, where Durham's GHG emissions come from and the potential programs that have environmental, economic and social impacts on our community.

The SENES Study, Durham Region's Future Climate
This Summary Report takes an in-depth look at the projected future climate for Durham Region in the decade 2040-2049. (For a copy of the full report, email us at climatechange@durham.ca)

Durham Community Climate Adaptation Plan; Progress Report
Since late 2013, stakeholders have been working on a climate adaptation plan for our community. The Progress Report summarizes the work completed in the first phase of the 4-phase approach.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts.

Durham Community 2011 Greenhouse Gas Inventory, November 2014 Update
The Durham community has set greenhouse gas reduction targets, from the base year of 2007. This report provides an updated community GHG emissions inventory for 2011 in order to track progress from the 2007 baseline year to reduction targets established for 2015 and 2020.

Climate Change Resources for Teachers
This resource, developed in collaboration with Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) in May 2014, lists climate change resources from their Resources for Rethinking database and links them to elements of the Ontario curriculum.

Gauder's Goodies New!
Recommended climate videos and resources from Richard Gauder, small-business owner and technology enthusiast.

Schlumberger, SBC Energy Institute
A FactBook that summarizes climate science based mostly on IPCC information.