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Climate Change – Causes and Effects: Show Your Stripes

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25 minutes

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This session makes use of the famous climate stipes, which students may already be familiar with. But to maintain an element of mystery for some, don’t reveal what they are until indicated below.

  1. Show the different images depicting creative ways of showing the climate stripes. Discuss what makes these appealing and whether they are conveying a message (e.g. what do we usually associate blues and reds with?) Reveal they are a way of representing climate change. Why do they think showing this in creative ways is a good idea?
  2. Visit the EsriUK & Met Office “Climate Change in the UK” story map (second link above). And scroll down to the ‘Recorded Climate Change’ section. Take students through the slides. You can see how the Met Office graph for the UK and the climate stripes match up. Seeing these two visual representations.
  3. Students to visit the Show Your Stripes website* and give them a little time to explore both choosing different locations and displaying the data as a bar graph and as stripes. Then they can find the stripes that best represent their region (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales are selectable under ‘EUROPE’, ‘United Kindgom’. Also available are Berkshire, Durham, Jersey and Oxford).Pose some questions for them to investigate, such as…
    1. When were the 5 coldest years, and when were the 5 warmest?
    2. How much cooler/warmer were each compared to the average?
    3. Find somewhere else on Earth which hasn’t warmed as much
    4. Find somewhere else which has warmed more.
  4. If the students could create their own creative piece of work using the climate stripes, what might they do? Can they search for some examples?

*If students don’t have access to the internet themselves, you could print various locations for them to work on in pairs or groups.

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