An E-forum is an interactive, web-based opportunity that helps you learn and develop critical thinking skills about current environmental issues. The E-forum combines in-depth investigations with peer-to-peer blogging to help you gain a better understanding of the science and the political and social challenges surrounding each issue. You’ll learn to weigh scientific data vs. public opinion as you consider how the issue may impact your community. Blogging about what you’ve learned and debating your position with students facing similar challenges around the country can also help you identify potential actions or solutions for your community.
Part 1: In-Depth Investigations
In the E-forum on Adapting to Extreme Weather and Climate Change, you’ll learn about the differences between weather and climate, how and why climate change is occurring, the risks associated with extreme events, and what it means to become resilient. You’ll explore some of the local and global impacts of climate change using news articles, published scientific research, internet resources, videos, and maps. You’ll also learn about ways you can help your neighborhood, school, or community prepare for future extreme weather events and sea-level rise.
Part 2: Extra! Extra! Blog All About It!
The second part of the E-forum helps you apply what you’ve learned about adaptation and climate change and blog about it with your peers. Taking on the role of community stakeholders, you’ll work in small groups to write point-of-view papers and debate your position. You’ll use your research to tackle questions such as, “How would you prepare for an extreme event that might happen in your community?, or “What has worked well for other communities and might work well for ours?”. You’ll also debate about prioritizing resilience initiatives for a community. You may find you have very different views about the trade-offs of specific resilience actions.