Teaching materials and education programs
Climate changes affect us all. It is therefore important that future generations have knowledge of the concept and of the challenges and possibilities that climate changes cause for Greenland.
There are interesting teaching materials and learning processes available that you and your students can use to work with climate changes. Currently, there are teaching materials and education programs targeted at the learning objectives within science and social studies as well as cross-curricular subjects.
Primary and lower secondary schools
Inerisaavik has teaching materials for senior classes, bringing the climate up for discussion relative to the earth’s atmosphere, det the Arctic dilemma and less nature, more CO2, less poverty .
Teaching materials have also been prepared in connection with the climate days in 2010 and 2011. In addition, Sustain.no prepared teaching materials (in Norwegian) which focus on extreme weather conditions and data collection.
Upper secondary schools
Naalakkersuisut has prepared an education program concerning climate changes, albedo tests, greenhouse gases and reduction and climate adaptation (insert link/new website) and a program for social studies in which climate problems are discussed and the students can set national climate objectives (insert link/new website) through role plays. Both programs are based on students’ knowledge and are dialog-based, involving, and realistic.
In cooperation with Naalakkersuisut, DMI also prepared a folder on future climate changes in Greenland . The folder is an easily read introduction to Greenland’s new climate data basis and can form part of specific education programs in accordance with the learning objectives.
The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate has created a website called Det nye Arktis. The website gives students access to studies about climate changes in the Arctic.
Portals and databases
Furthermore, there are a number of relevant portals and databases from which you can easily draw inspiration and which you can use in your teaching, for example:
- Arctic Portal – general information about the Arctic
- The European Environment Agency – about the environment in the EU, Greenland, and the Arctic
- ECHA – Database of chemicals
- EDU Arctic – EU’s education portal about the Arctic
- GEUS – Knowledge on the Ilulissat ice fiord
- Statistics Greenland
- Isaaffik Arctic Gateway – Arctic research and education
- NASA Global Climate Change – About global change
- Polar Portal – Ice and climate monitoring in the Arctic
- Scripps Institution of Oceanography – Current carbon dioxide measurements from Hawaii
- The Climate Portal – Climate changes for teachers
- United Nations – UN’s sustainable development goals
- WWF – The World Wildlife Fund’s view on climate changes