Resources for Educators

Climate change, energy, energy efficiency, and our environment are important yet complex topics to introduce to students. Here are some activities and resources to help make teaching, and learning, easier and more fun!

Interactive Map websites

NEW Canadian Geographic’s Interactive site on Climate Prosperity
NEW Carbon Footprint Atlas
NEW Climate Change Trends: Carbon Emissions Giants 
Climate Connections: A Global Journey  
A Journey through Climate History

Dark-Sky and Energy Conservation Resources

International Dark-Sky Association - has specific resources for teachers.  Also has a great short video "Our Vanishing Night".
Global campaign to save energy and fight light pollution
Globe at Night
Dark Sky Rangers Program
AuroraMAX - Canadian Space Agency
Hiding from the Lights
Light pollution 'saturates' UK's night skies 
Unnatural Night Light 

 Using Google Earth to Explore Climate Change

Google Earth has a variety of layers that explore the impacts of climate change.

Google Earth Outreach Showcase has a variety of maps to choose from exploring water rise, temperature changes, and other environmental effects and thier impacts. YouTube Tutorial

The Impact of a Global Temperature Rise of 4°C - an interactive site that explores some of the possible impacts of climate change.

Climate Change in our World - an interactive animation showing how climate change and global temperature rises could affect our world.

 YouTube Resources to Explore Climate Change

EarthOutreach by Google Earth offers are variety of videos to explore climate change and other global issues.

Climate Change in Google Earth offers a series of short YouTube videos exploring a variety of climate change issues around the globe.

Met Office YouTube Channel offers a variety of short videos that explore climate change topics, science and issues.

YouTube COP15 Channel The "Raise your voice" channel is part of a collaboration between the Government of Denmark and Google/YouTube to focus on increasing awareness of climate change.

 NEW  Virtual Participation | COP 16 / CMP 6 find UNFCCC Live and On-demand webcast from COP 16 / CMP 6, UNFCCC YouTube, UNFCCC Facebook, UNFCCC Twitter, UNFCCC 'Negotiator' iPhone and iPad applications, UNFCCC Flickr, UNFCCC Greenhouse gas data on Google maps, and United Nations Gateway to Climate Change.

Video Games for Exploring Climate Change Challenges

Video Game - Climate Challenge - A game where you are president of the European Nations. You must tackle climate change and stay popular enough with the voters to remain in office.

NEW Video Game - Fate of the World - the sequel to Climate Challenge. A dramatic global strategy game that puts all our futures in your hands. The game features a dramatic set of scenarios based on the latest science covering the next 200 years. You must manage a balancing act of protecting the Earth’s resources and climate versus the needs of an ever-growing world population, who are demanding ever more food, power, and living space. Will you help the whole planet or will you be an agent of destruction?

 Links for Educators