Education is critical for responding to climate change at the regional, provincial/territorial, national, and international level. To promote education about climate change, educators and students need to be well-equipped with relevant and accurate knowledge and resources. However, conventional teaching, based on information transfer and finding the “right” answers, does not align well with the complexity of climate change or the evolving nature of the field. Students need to be engaged in active problem-solving because climate solutions are nuanced and specific to regional realities.
The ELWW guides are intended to begin by providing a high-level overview of climate change, why we should care, and how it affects our world. The content also focuses on Canadian policy, carbon emissions, and national level changes to temperature, precipitation, the cryosphere, freshwater, and biodiversity. The grade 7-12 ELWW guide dives deeper into climate science, covering climate models and the Climate Atlas of Canada. There are several exercises where students investigate climate modelling and climate impacts in their local region based on various emissions pathways and time periods (historical or future). The inquiry also covers Indigenous perspectives and knowledge on climate change, how climate change affects health, and the ethical implications of climate change.
In the Green Jobs video series, professionals discuss the intersection between climate change impacts, their job, and how they work to build resilience and adapt to current and projected impacts. Video topics include traditional Indigenous knowledge, water, nature-based solutions, community health, land use planning, agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, and natural resources. Professionals make strong connections between how climate change is impacting Canadian communities, environment, health, economy, livelihoods etc. and why adaptation is needed.
For additional climate information, look at the Resources section of this example (below).