Science 10: Global Climate Change and Rivers in Different Biomes
Students will learn about how human activities affect different biomes in various locations, how these activities contribute to climate change, and the actions taken to deal with the impacts of climate change. In this lesson, students will be learning about the Amazon, the Mekong, and the Mackenzie rivers/biomes in order to compare and contrast climate change contributors and effects in different river systems.
Many communities around the world rely on waterways for transportation, agriculture, drinking water, and as a food source. Freshwater is essential. While people around the world have different cultures, ecosystems, and histories, everyone faces the common threat of climate change. This lesson introduces students to ways communities in three different parts of the world contribute to and experience climate impacts on freshwater environments. Students will explore similarities and differences in climate contributors and threats and apply their knowledge to their own community’s experience.
Key questions for student inquiry:
How can the experiences of people in various river systems around the world help us better address environmental and climate impacts in our own river system? How does indigenous knowledge contribute to our understanding of river systems and climate change?