Climate Change: Science, Evidence, Response

Projects and programmes

Posted: 24 January 2020
Notice reference #: 1HA4sW

In March 2020 we're inviting you to join an expedition of discovery to find out what climate change is all about.

Most people are concerned about what's happening to our planet and we want to get the facts right from the people who really know. More importantly we want to know what we can do as individuals, as families and schools to turn things around.

On this expedition you're going to become a climate scientist. Part of your mission is to build your own story using some easy to use tech tools. This will be an empowering and fun opportunity to become part of the solution to climate change.

Parents and teachers note: Climate change can be a difficult topic for students and teachers. We will aim to keep the science simple and to emphasise responses to climate change.

To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • The difference between climate and weather
  • The Carbon Cycle and the importance of carbon
  • Greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere that trap heat
  • Using StoryMaps, a free tool supporting live maps
  • How we know our climate is changing
  • The role of the Earth's oceans in climate change.

During the field trip you will:

  • Follow tweets from Andrew, the LEARNZ field trip teacher
  • Hear the voice of youth
  • Meet experts from organisations that are adding to our understanding of climate change, such as IPCCNIWALINZNZ Space AgencyWRC and other Regional Councils
  • Find out how satellites help us understand weather and climate
  • Create live climate maps using real world data
  • Become informed about the likely effects of climate change on Aotearoa
  • Learn about responses to climate change
    • individual action such as GEN LESS
    • what's happening in your region
    • Carbon-neutral Aotearoa by 2050?
    • International efforts.

Further information

Contact: Barrie Matthews

 (027) 223 0342