UNIS Hanoi is a member school of the Global Online Academy schools. Students are welcome to join the next GOA Flex course.
Changing the Course of Climate Change: May 11 – May 22, 2020.
Have you experienced climate change? Are there rising temperatures, or extreme weather conditions in your hometown? Have there been droughts or floods that leave environmental and human devastation in their wake? Or is climate change still a distant, largely theoretical threat to you?
Dramatic changes to our climate, the warming of the globe and consequent widespread damage to our environment are recorded and reported daily. The latest UN report issued in October 2018 from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gives humanity about a decade to make substantive changes to avert future climate disasters. The risks of inaction are already evident, reported in the news daily, in floods, wildfires, droughts, and increasingly violent storm surges.
What can we do, as citizens, through our global, national, regional or local governments? And as individuals in our daily acts of energy consumption and our support for sustainable markets? In this two week course, you will explore your own opportunities to change the course of climate change, through awareness building, political action, community and individual initiatives. There is a growing network of scientists, social activists, business leaders, educators, students and concerned citizens at every level calling for action now, and we need to connect to all of our allies as we engage this battle. We will explore actions large and small and engage in a global conversation, sharing local stories of how we have experienced or anticipate climate change, and how together we can begin to reverse the course of climate change, to save ourselves and our planet.
Like all GOA flex courses, this one is designed for teachers to incorporate into existing courses, clubs, advisory programs, etc. Students and teachers can expect to spend 2-3 hours per week (in-class and/or as homework), which leaves significant time for other curricular work in the typical middle or high school schedule. Many teachers or club advisors also supplement GOA flex courses with materials of their own in order to best meet their students’ needs.
All students in this course will gain an introductory understanding of scientific and political issues surrounding climate change . All students will participate in a common introduction and engage with our expert speakers (to be announced in March/April). Following the introduction, there are several pathways for students or teachers to choose from. These pathways will likely include the science of climate change; vulnerable populations/geographic locations; mitigation vs. adaptation; community action; the future of the Paris Climate Accords. Each pathway will include multimedia resources curated for students from grades 7-12 to discuss the resources and pose questions to teachers and peers from around the world. All students in the course will reconvene at the end of the second week for a concluding reflective activity.
Who is this course for?
This course is appropriate for students in Grades 7-12. The use of pathways in the course design will allow classes from a wide variety of disciplines to connect meaningfully to the programme, including Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Biology, Civics, Social Studies, Government, Statistics, and Economics students.