Do you know the difference between climate and weather? Do you know what the future climate of Pennsylvania is predicted to be? Is your city prepared for extreme weather events? Do you know what it means to become a resilient community? These are just some of the questions facing policymakers, scientists, and citizens across the world. With guidance from your teachers, spend some time reading the articles and editorials, calculating your carbon footprint, and testing out the interactive maps on the E-forum website. You’ll learn about the relationship between climate and weather, the impacts of extreme weather events, and actions that can be taken to improve resilience in your neighborhood.
Part 2: What’s your Point-of-View? Blog All About It!
Once you’ve learned all you can from your independent research, it’s time to put the facts together, form your own opinions, and debate about climate resilience with your peers. Using the press release from the Mayor of Stormlandia, you’ll work in small groups to write a one-page point-of-view paper (POV) persuading the Mayor that the proposal you’ve selected deserves to be funded. Alternatively, you can argue why the proposal should not be funded. Or maybe you have an even better idea for a resilience proposal! Whatever your choice, pick a stakeholder group to represent, take a strong stance, and be prepared to defend your position in 500 words or less.
After all of the POV papers are posted on the blog, Adapting to Extreme Weather, it’s time to get the conversation rolling. Read the papers posted by your peers, challenge their opinions, and respond to comments on your own POV’s in a timely fashion.
Here are step-by-step instructions to help you post your papers, replies, and comments on the blog: