ABOUT K-12 RESOURCES – CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate impacts are seen globally, and locally. In this region, we’ve been taking action for many years, but we need to do more. As residents, we can better understand local impacts, and support effective, local climate action. Metro Vancouver has a set a goal for our region to be carbon-neutral by 2050, with interim emissions targets for 2030. We’re taking action now.
Climate 2050 Strategic Framework provides guidance to effectively reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and prepare our communities for change, transitioning our region to a low carbon future. Metro Vancouver tracks GHG emissions from a range of sources, including our vehicles, buildings we live and study in, and industry.
Climate Change – OVERVIEW
The Metro Vancouver 2050 video, the Impacts of Climate Change Backgrounder, and the Climate Literacy Learning Modules provide an overview of climate change in Metro Vancouver, how it’s impacting ecosystems and communities in our region, and what we’re doing to address the impacts.
Download Impacts of Climate Change Backgrounder
The Climate Literacy in Metro Vancouver provides a series of self-directed learning modules to support learning about climate change.
K-12 Curriculum Connections – Climate Change
Climate change can be explored through the big ideas and core content at various grades in the B.C. K-12 curriculum, from simpler explorations at the Elementary level to more complex inquiries during the Secondary years. Through teacher-developed K-12 resources and learning opportunities, Metro Vancouver supports teachers and students to engage in curriculum-connected, place-based inquiry and learning about climate change in our region.
Download K-12 Curriculum Map – Climate Change
INQUIRY SPARK ACTIVITIES
Our Backyard GHGs: What Emission Sources in our Region Contribute to Climate Change?
What is climate change and why is it happening? How do human activities that emit greenhouse gases (GHGs) in our region contribute to climate change? What does it mean to be carbon neutral? How can each of us help? This activity explores the major sources of GHG emissions in Metro Vancouver and encourages students to think and talk about climate–friendly choices.
Download Inquiry Spark 1
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Picture This! Exploring the Impacts of Climate Change in Metro Vancouver
The impacts of climate change are already evident in our region, and will continue to affect our communities and ecosystems in the years ahead. This activity aims to provoke student thinking and questions about the impacts and implications of climate change in our region through the use of compelling images and climate projections found in the
Metro Vancouver Climate 2050 Framework.
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Climate Change and Healthy Local Ecosystems: What’s the Relationship?
How does the health of ecosystems in our region impact climate change? How does climate change impact the health of local ecosystems? This activity explores the important relationships between the health of ecosystems and climate change to help us better understand why and how we might care for nature.
Download Inquiry Spark 3