Magazine article Teaching Geography

A Climate Change Companion: For Family, School and Community

Magazine article Teaching Geography

A Climate Change Companion: For Family, School and Community

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BOOKS_ A Climate Change Companion: For family, school and community David Hicks ISBN: 978-1-5262-0361-8 Teaching4abetterworld, 2016 Free to download from iBooks (http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/idn26819042) or as a pdf from Teaching4abetterworld (www. teaching4abetterworld.co.uk/books/download24.pdf); Kindle edition ?4.01 (www.amazon.co.uk/dp/ B01GIIE72Y)

As 'fake news' dominates the media, David Hicks offers an evidence-rich overview of a topic which has all but disappeared from mainstream political and media radars. Appealing to the general reader rather than explicitly for use in the geography classroom, this 'companion' is a tour de force.

'Part 1: Changing the climate' examines the science behind global climate change and ranges through the social, political and cultural dimensions of the issue before exploring in depth the solutions needed to adapt to a changing climate. The chapter exploring futures seems particularly relevant to geography teachers. It covers the theme of sustainability, which remains a significant aspect of new GCSE and A level specifications. Sustainability is then widened across environmental, social and economic dimensions; again this would stretch GCSE students and structure the responses of A level students. Perhaps most striking was the opening section, distinguishing between probable and preferable futures. To consider that where 'we're going may not be the same as where we'd actually like to get to' is a powerful message for students (and teachers) and can be applied beyond the issue of climate change. …

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