Climate change is characterised by complexity and uncertainty. Schools need to teach the issue with the latest climate change updates, especially concerning global warming, to equip students to mitigate and adapt to the expected global conditions.
In curriculum terms, climate change is a challenging socio-scientific issue that demands more than the teaching of content. As a phenomenon, it involves interdisciplinary knowledge and students find it difficult to draw from the knowledge taught in different school subjects to help explain it.
For students to understand and have adequate information about climate change, they need to understand climate as a system and be able to use and analyse climate information.
The GIS-T project aims to:
– integrate Geographical Information Systems (GIS) methods and techniques as part of school curricula in combating global climate change,
– motivate and encourage the participants to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in education and training activities, increasing their knowledge and experience and
– Raise awareness of the importance of global cooperation and action in the fight against climate change.
Developing education about climate change is complex and interdisciplinary.
Schools have a critical role to play in mitigation of and adaptation to climate change and a responsibility to deliver education about it.
New educational approaches are needed to increase student understanding of climate and their awareness of the current state of the environment.
GIS offers opportunities for exploring credible climate science content and age-appropriate hands-on activities that can be established to focus on local perspectives and not just global averages.
GIS-T communicates climate change through data, text, pictures, charts and graphs.
The project ensures teachers and students are using data harvested directly from leading scientific organisations. It is hoped that this will help avoid misleading judgments based on misinformation.
Through GIS-T teachers will be encouraged to help students understand and reflect on these climatic descriptions, predictions and communications.
The aim is to help them develop informed argumentation, make well-founded judgements and establish their own standpoints on climate change issues. Informed, critical, and engaged youngsters are vital.
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