Climate Change and Animals

Global warming and resulting climate change is impacting all the ecosystems and animals on our planet, including our marine wildlife and the ocean. Regional climate changes have resulted in increased numbers of storms, floods and droughts, which affects wild animals’ migration, nesting and hibernation activities as well as the availability of regular food sources. Meanwhile rising water temperatures, sea levels and ocean acidity are affecting our coastal habitats and the animals that live in or near them including polar bears, whales, seals, fish, penguins and turtles.

IFAW’s new Climate Change and Animals series of teaching resources explore the impacts of climate change on animals and people. Our first units in the series include two student magazines, lessons and worksheets which introduce the theme and address in particular the impacts on the marine biome. The lessons and experiments within the packs will encourage your students to examine some of the concepts that play a role in climate change, including feedback loops, temperature and salinity in driving convection currents, and carbon dioxide’s role in increasing ocean acidity.

The resources meet learning objectives in key stage 3 science and geography and can be extended for use in key stage 4.

 

Cats, Dogs, and Us Education Programme

Introduction | How climate change affects life on earth »
This student magazine and lessons outline the meaning of climate change, the effects of rising temperatures on our planet and how this impacts animals round the world.

 

Cats, Dogs, and Us Education Programme

Unit 1 | Climate change and the marine environment »
This student magazine and lessons detail how ocean processes work and the effect of the changing oceans on marine animals and coastal habitats.

 

Cats, Dogs, and Us Education Programme

Curriculum links | Science and geography »

 

Climate Change Pledge

Climate change pledge »
4 steps to combating climate change - what you can do

 

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