Climate Change

Climate is always changing. It is in constant movement. Within the many different systems alive in the atmosphere, geosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere, the world changes, evolves and responds. The [sun and its heat are the drivers of all energy in our atmosphere](NASA|Dynamic Earth Excerpt: Viz Challenge Winner ( and the health of all life on earth. The earth and the atmosphere balance the temperature with energy reception and reflection. See’s Earth’s Energy Balance Journey. Scientists record five extinction periods in Earth’s 4.6+ billion years of evolution. Each of these extinctions resulted from rapid changes in the climate that drastically affected life on land and in the ocean. Fossils record massive volcanic explosions, asteroids, dramatic temperature fluctuations, and rising or falling sea levels. Today, people know that we are approaching a time when the human population is rapidly expanding, along with our demand for fresh food and energy, increasing our carbon footprint. We enter the world when we are born, but we understand its gift of life as we become aware of what it offers. Today, people worldwide realize that human consumption and production are accelerating climate change. While the world is changing, we as humans must also change. We need to appreciate the earth we have been given and to become better stewards of the life it supports. It’s time to change our ways.

Activity 1 – Climate is always changng

The sun rises, and the sun sets. The seasons come and go. Around the world, across the earth’s diverse biomes, temperatures rise and fall, clouds pass over and sometimes release rain, sleet, or snow. Sometimes, snow accumulates on top of the mountains, freezes into glaciers as it melts, and makes its way down into valleys, rivers, lakes, and streams, winding its way to the lowest altitude, seeking sea level in the oceans. The breeze strengthens into winds and sometimes thunderstorms fueled by ocean currents, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Seeds blown and carried by the wind and migrating birds and animals hibernate in the ground, waiting for the right temperature and moisture to sprout. There is a time for every season. With the right warmth and moisture, seeds grow into plants, plants, shrubs, and trees, breathing in carbon dioxide and giving us oxygen. Draw your biome in the four seasons and label which ones give off the most CO2. Upload your picture to the gallery. Consider what you can do in the high carbon seasons to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Activity 2 – What is global Warming?

Global warming is the rise of temperature that creates long-term shifts in weather patterns and temperatures. Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. Such shifts occur naturally due to changes due to the sun’s solar flares, forest fires, or large volcanic eruptions. Are humans impacting the atmosphere? Check out NOAA’s Paleo Perspective on Global Warming. Take a look into Paleoclimatology.

Human activities since the 1800s are the driver of climate change. Burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas creates greenhouse gas emissions contributing to rising temperatures. Greenhouse gas emissions are made by the cars we drive, the airplane trips we take, the imported food we buy and eat, the way we heat and cool our houses, and so much more. Human lifestyle and expectations have radically changed from one hundred years ago and do not demand higher comfort and service. Watch the BLACK BALLOON Movie filling our atmosphere like a blanket, trapping the sun’s heat from reflecting out of the atmosphere. When carbon dioxide increases, the temperature increases. When carbon dioxide is reduced, temperatures cool down. The Earth’s temperature has warmed, and we need to change our energy use to lower carbon footprints.

Make a list of ways that you can live to use less energy, consume fewer products, and help prevent global warming.

Activity 3 – Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Green House Gas Emissions are human-produced environmental contributors to the rising temperature on Earth. Watch the Black Balloon Movie to get a clearer understanding of the greenhouse gas emissions generated by the appliances in our house. In addition, humans have impacted the world’s air quality with the invention of cars, trucks, airplanes, industrial factories, coal mining, landfills, ocean debris, and overconsumption of carbon-sequestering forests, grasslands, and wetlands.

Activity 4 – Causes of Climate Change

Activity 5 – Consequences of CLimate Change

Climate Change and a rise of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius will seriously change the Earth’s health. The rising temperature will include Biodiversity Loss, melting of the Antarctic Shelf and glaciers causing a rise in coastal flooding, Coral Reef loss, increase in ocean acidity affecting maritime life, loss of freshwater sources in resources, and damage to air quality and food production. Scientists have been studying these changes and know that the consequences will result in the loss of human and non human biodiversity of life.

Activity 6 – For All


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