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5 ways to explore climate change using maps

Climate change impacts many aspects of our world; from increasing the cost of food, dramatic weather events, to the health of a community. Discover 5 ways maps can be used to explore this broad topic more deeply.

Climate change is the result of human activity so if we understand which human activities contribute to it, we can find ways to slow down the change. Using maps is one way to gain a deeper understanding as they are a great way to visualize information.

Here are 5 ways we can explore climate change with maps:

  1. Explore your neighbourhood through a climate change lens. In this lesson, students collect and map information on the reducers and contributors of climate change in their community.
  2. Using  a series of story maps from the Living in the Age of Humans collection, learn about the impact humans activities  have on our planet
  3. Understand the cost of beef. Eating meat comes at considerable cost to the environment and threatens our ability to feed the world's growing population

    Maps allow you to visualize information in a quick and fun way.
  4. Discover places in the world where people have become climate migrants - forced from their homes due to rising sea levels from melting glaciers and ice sheets
  5. Learn about marine debris in the Pacific Ocean and how it’s hurting  both humans and ocean ecosystems. In this activity, students will explore the ocean currents and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Explore the Living in the Age of Humans collection to learn about the impact humans activities are having on our planet

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About the Author

Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Resource Developer on the Esri Canada Education and Research team. She has over six years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela is responsible for producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum specific resources, conducting and creating custom workshops for educators and judging and developing the question for the annual GIS Skills Ontario competition in Waterloo, Ontario. Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and completed the Applied Digital Geography and GIS certificate program at Ryerson University.

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