Chapter Reflection Questions and Explorations

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Reflection Questions

  1. What are the main characteristics of climate and weather in your region?

  2. Has anyone ever spoken to you about the consequences of climate change in your region? What did they talk about?

  3. What do you think are the main natural causes that have an impact on climate change in your country? What do you think are the main human activities that have a negative impact on a changing climate?

  4. If you live in a country that shares its border with an ocean, are there any regions on the coast where there are problems with a rising sea level? What impacts is this phenomenon having? If you don’t live in a country that shares its border with an ocean, what regions of the world are exceptionally experiencing a rising sea level?

  5. Do you know people from your region or your country who are asking ethical questions about the impact of human activities on climate change? Have you had this type of discussion in your school before?

  6. Do you know the position of your country in the Kyoto negotiations? How do you value these positions from an ethical point of view?

  7. Are there indigenous nations or indigenous people in your country that are being impacted by global climate change in their culture and spirituality practices? Do you know some of the detailes of these affects?

  8. Do you know of other statements by spiritual or religious leaders, inviting you to take action to lessen the impacts of climate change? Have these been the subject of study or discussion in your school or University?

Explorations

  1. Visit NASA’s Climate Time Machine to visualize the changes in global temperature, sea ice level, and carbon emissions that cause rising sea levels.

  2. What are the molecules involved in ocean acidification? What chemical reactions lead to increasing acidity in the ocean? Use this multimedia tool to describe how ocean acidification affects animals with shells. 

  3. Define a ‘climate change refugee’. Determine which group or groups of people in your country would be most susceptible to becoming climate change refugees. Explain why.

  4. Compare and contrast two of the following faith-based organizations working to address global climate change: The Bhumi Project, Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Green Zionist Alliance, The Association of Buddhists for the Environment, and the Catholic Climate Covenant. Do the two groups you have selected have a similar mission? Have they collaborated on any projects? Write a two-page paper discussing the two organizations that you choose.

  5. Common Sense Education has an excellent list of learning tools for climate change education.