The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change



Thinking About Climate Change - A Guide for Teachers and Students

THE INVALUABLE AND FREE NEW RESOURCE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS, BASED ON TIM FLANNERY'S WE ARE THE WEATHER MAKERS.

Help inspire today's students to be tomorrow's leaders in dealing with the challenges of climate change - the science, impacts, and solutions.

A joint initiative between Professor Tim Flannery, the Purves Environmental Fund and Text Publishing, Thinking About Climate Change makes teaching and learning about climate change easy and accessible. It meets the pressing need for such a resource - one that will equip students with the knowledge and skills that will help them respond effectively to climate change.

Adapted from Tim Flannery's seminal book, We Are the Weather Makers, Thinking About Climate Change offers lesson plans, research aids and discussion suggestions to allow teachers and students to explore the implications and complexities of climate change and to learn and practice relevant skills.

Constructed for students between years 7 and 10 across the curriculum disciplines of Maths, Science, the Humanities and Information Technology, it focuses on developing 'Thinking Skills' to ensure its relevance to contemporary classroom practices. It is designed for teachers around the country, and as such, can be adapted to specific state-based curriculum objectives and requirements.

The guide has been compiled and tested by curriculum professionals and practicing teachers and fact-checked by respected climate change experts. "I am delighted that my work has been adapted into this resource," Professor Flannery said. "As Australian of the Year this is a very positive way to give something back to the community, especially to young Australians."

Climate change is one of the most urgent and important issues facing all Australians. Please adopt this essential tool and encourage your school to incorporate lessons on this vital subject into their teaching.

Thinking About Climate Change: A Guide for Teachers and Students is suitable for students from years 7-10. Lessons can be adapted according to students year level, skills, knowledge base, needs and interests. It includes:

  • Extensive use and explanation of 'thinking tools'
  • A message from Tim Flannery, 2007 Australian of the Year
  • Links with curriculum standards in Australia
  • Climate change context and overview
  • Research ideas and links to further resources
  • Subject specific worksheets - Humanities (English, Geography, HSIE, Environment, History, Economics), Science, Maths and IT.
  • Classroom resources

THINKING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE WAS DISTRIBUTED FREE TO EVERY SECONDARY SCHOOL IN AUSTRALIA IN NOVEMBER 2007.

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Speakers

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition, a national umbrella organisation representing youth organisations across Australia, can provide speakers and group facilitators to schools around the country. The AYCC draws on the significant experience of many of its member groups, as well as its own "Climate Messenger" program to deliver excellent presentations concerning a broad range of issues surrounding climate change.

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Tim Flannery, author of The Weather Makers

Tim Flannery is one of the world's leading writer-scientists and thinkers in environmental science. More

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