CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION
TIMOTY JHON C. DEL ROSARIO
Climate change, also known as global warming, has received much attention and is challenging all sectors to learn more about what is happening to the earth.
It is also a source of much controversy and confusion, especially among students who cannot decipher anymore which is the rainy season and dry season. Yet while debate continues about how to best understand and manage our changing climate, scientists agree that it does have an impact and therefore, climate change education must be made part of the current curriculum.
In fact, one of the essential principles of teaching climate change to students is the message that it has consequences for the earth and human lives.
In climate change education, students should understand the effects of humancaused climate change that can already be seen, for example in the melting polar ice caps. More consequences are expected, including the extinction of certain species and loss of forests.
Some of the infrastructure created by humans is in danger, such as the extra burden placed on the energy grid from high temperatures. Students, especially those in the elementary and high school levels, should the technicalities of how the climate and precipitation patterns change and threaten agriculture and food security.
Teaching about climate change can be a challenge. For one, being too alarming can lead people to ignore or deny warnings. Also, the impact of climate change may not be relatable for many students. It helps to bring the lesson close to home as much as possi bl e.
For high school students, the Philippine Atmospheric and Geophysical Services Administration suggests talking about the effects of climate on animal habitats. High schoolers can also understand that there are solutions they can be a part of at home and school.
Suggestions for high school students include using geography to study sea level or biology to study how species adapt. High schoolers can also use case studies to understand more complex climate solutions.
Students can learn that climate change is no longer just of interest to scientists. All stakeholders now, virtually everyone, are more concerned about climate change.
Students themselves can take an active role by learning about it today, and perhaps choosing a field in which they tackle climate change in the future.
The author is Teacher II at Bahay Pare National High School, Cluster V, Congressional District IV, Division of Pampanga