Climate change literacy
About Lesson

Take a stand, make a difference!

Generally speaking, there are three strategies to address climate changes:

  • Mitigation: reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and exploring methods to remove these gases from the atmosphere. By promoting the transition to cleaner energy sources, supporting technological advancements, and encouraging sustainable behaviours through education, greenhouse gas emissions can be significantly reduced.
  • Adaptation: strategies focus on enhancing society’s ability to cope with and adjust to the consequences of climate change. This includes investing in climate-resilient infrastructure, promoting sustainable land-use planning, safeguarding water resources, strengthening early warning systems, and supporting vulnerable communities disproportionately affected by climate change.
  • Geoengineering: Compensate for emissions of greenhouse gases, through deliberate technological interventions to counteract the effects of greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, geoengineering is mainly divided into: solar geoengineering (e.g., reflecting sunlight to cool the planet), ocean engineering (e.g., addition of fertilizers to oceans to help phytoplankton grow faster and consume more CO2) and carbon capture (i.e., removing CO2 from the atmosphere to slow greenhouse effect-induced warming).

But what does this mean in terms of personal actions that you or us can take? Even though it has not a straightforward answer, check some suggestions below, whether you want to act individually or within your community.

What can I do?

Quick & Go activities

  • If you are not vegetarian or vegan, why not to start making more meals with vegetables while reducing your consumption of meat and dairy products.
  • Consume less new products as much as you can, especially resource-intensive and heavily-packaged.

Deep but swift activities

  • If possible, drive less and walk more. Use bike, carpooling, or public transports as much as possible.
  • Plant a native tree, or support one or more project that plant trees in a sustainable way.
  • Switch to LED Lightbulbs, if you can.
  • Buy locally organic food.
  • Put your food waste into a compound (If you don’t have one, is there any chance you can make one?).
  • Learn more about climate change and share your knowledge with other people.

The hardest, the best activities

  • Research the companies you buy from and see if they are reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. If they aren’t, you may search for one that it does and share this knowledge with others.
  • Reduce water use, by having low flow shower and faucet heads.
  • If possible, have in your house water efficient toilets and washing machines
  • Fly less, but if you have to, why not buy carbon offsets?
  • If you buy a car, take into consideration to buy a used one or an electric/hybrid car.
  • Consider installing solar panels in your home.

What can I do with my community?

Quick & Go activities

  • Talk to your neighbours and, if you all agree, change to zero junk mail.

Deep but swift activities

  • Join a local environmental group and volunteer for projects aimed at promoting environmental quality where you live.
  • Perhaps some of your neighbours would like to repurpose food waste. If so, you could do together a compound and use it for gardening.

The hardest, the best activities

  • Friends, neighbours and a climate-friendly party? What best way to share with others your climate change knowledge, by showing a different example? No disposable materials, recycling bins available and container for organic materials to go into the compost. If you would like to go a bit creative on the meal, you could ask some people to help you to build a DIY solar oven and cook only with the solar energy.
  • If you have space on your neighbourhood perhaps you may plant some trees or plant a vegetable and fruit garden.
  • Search if the carbon market is interesting for you.