What is Climate Change?

“Climate change” means a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.

*Sourced fron United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 1992

In other words Climate Change is when the temprature increases or decreases over time due to human activity.

Global warming refers to an average increase in the Earth’s temperature, which in turn causes changes in climate. A warmer Earth may lead to changes in rainfall patterns, a rise in sea level, and a wide range of impacts on plants, wildlife, and humans. When scientists talk about the issue of climate change, their concern is about global warming caused by human activities.

*Sourced fron United States Environmental Protection Agency 2006

Greenhouse gasses are sent into the air any time you:

  • Watch TV
  • Use the microwave
  • Turn on a light
  • Use a Play Station or X Box
  • Ride in a car, bus or train
  • Use a heater or air conditioner
  • Wash your clothes
  • Cook a meal

Unfortunately in Australia the majority of our electricity comes from burning coal and this process produces greenhouse gasses. The less electricity you use the more you are helping the environment by reducing the demand for electricity and hence the greenhouse gasses reduced during production.

Futureworld has recently created a Climate Change Action Kit as a resource for high school teachers. The kit is designed to be used by Science, Geography and Design and Technology Teachers to assist them in bringing Cimate Change in to the classroom.