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COP15
Aim: To find out what COP15 is,
where it is and what is it all about?
What is it all about then?
• First of all, COP15 doesn't refer to
COPenhagen. It stands for Conference of the
Parties
• Second, the conference is taking place from 718th of December in Copenhagen and is being
hosted by the Danish government. Officials from
192 countries will be attending.
• Third, the goal of all this is to establish a global
climate change agreement that will take over
from the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012
• Science says that greenhouse gas emissions
have to peak by 2020 to avoid catastrophic
climate change -- think half of all animals
and plants going extinct, half of all people
experiencing water shortages, coral reefs
gone, at least one meter sea level rise by
2100 and more thereafter -- and be reduced
in the 80-90% range by 2050
• But so far, rich nations have pledged far,
far lower reductions. Norway just
committed to 30% reductions
• And that doesn't go down well (for a variety
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of reasons) with the poor and developing
nations of the world. China, India, Brazil,
Mexico and others have all called for
science-based pledges.
• In other words, there's a lot to work out and
not a lot of time to do it
Random Activity Generator
Topic
Activity
Climate
Rap
Change
Army Marching Song
Conference
Mime
Copenhagen
Short Sketch
50 Word Account
Some climate change words
Global warming, greenhouse effect, hotter,
Pollution, smoke, CO2, China, Climate
Change, Heating, Fossil Fuels, Oil, Dirty,
Environment, Disaster, Planet Earth, Nature,
Destroy, Extinct, USA, Cars, Factories,
Dying, Temperature, Sea Levels, Arctic,
Rainforest, Atmosphere, Gasses, Coal,
Melting, Drought, Carbon, Disaster, Future,
Emissions, Catastrophe
Mystery
Aim: To discover why Paris might be a
coastal resort by 2050.
Where is Paris??
Paris is situated in north
eastern France
It is north of the city of
Orleans and south of Lille
In 2011, it would take you
about 2 hours to drive to the
Normandy coast.
It is situated about 700km
north of Toulouse.
Possible Reasons
Sinking into the
ground
Sea Level rising
Ice Caps
Melting
Tidal Wave
Global Warming
Flooding
Why??
Global Warming
Map of
France–
2050 -
Notice that large areas
of France are now
under water. Paris is
now on the coast.
What is Climate Change?
Click the picture above for a 4 minute film about
climate change around the world.
CARD EXCERCISE
Use the cards to help you solve
the mystery!
As to Why Paris could become
a coastal resort by 2050
ANSWERS
STARTER
1. CARD 17 – Greenhouse gases absorb
sun’s heat so increase earth’s
temperature.
2. CARD 9 – Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse
gas.
3. CARD 25 – France produces 155 million
tonnes of carbon a year.
4. Why is more carbon dioxide being put
into atmosphere. 3 groups of factors.
DEFORESTATION
CARDS 8 15 21 23 28
TRANSPORT
CARDS 18 24
ENERGY/POWER
CARDS 2 6 20 26
5. How do greenhouse gases change
climate?
EFFECTS
CARD 12 – Since 1930 average world
temperature has increased by 0.2 Celsius.
CARD 30 – it is predicted that France’s
climate will become much wetter.
6. Impact of climatic change on the
environment.
CARD 5 – Melting ice sheets/icebergs.
CARD 7 – More insects to destroy crops.
CARD 14 – Sea level rise 30 cms in next 30 years.
CARD16 – 7.5 m around France by 2050 Marseille
under water!!!
CARD 29 – warmer water expands and takes up
more space.
Where is Paris and what is it’s
environment like?
CARD 1 – on River Seine which flows out to sea.
CARD 3 – approximately 250Km from coast.
CARD 10 – surrounded by former marsh (lots of flat
land)
CARD 11 – a flat low-lying City.
CARD 13 – just off the A1 motorway.
What types of things might help
to reduce the problem.
CARD 4 –walking/cycling rather than cars.
CARD 22 – government agreements e.g. Kyoto to
reduce pollution.
CARD 27 – re-cycling products/disposing of
products in an environmentally friendly way.
Your Task
• Write up an account of why Paris might be a
seaside town by the year 2050.
• You may write it up in the style of a newspaper
article.
How to do it…
•Start off with location information
•What causes global warming?
•What are the effects of global warming?
•What can we do to be better global
citizens?
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