Climate Adaptation Educational Resources

Climate change is posing new challenges for agricultural systems, such as increased risk of flooding, summer heat stress, and more intense pest and weed pressures, all of which have implications for the future of food security. The following interactive education resource aimed at high school students in years 7-10 links scientific climate knowledge with innovative climate adaptation activities occurring within the Food and Fibre industry. Students will learn the science behind climate change, understand the impact climate change is having on farming practices and different ways that farmers are adapting to future proof their businesses against climate change. Each lesson has interactive components for students to discuss what they have learnt and complete activities to extend their learning. The third lesson steps students through an activity using an online climate analysis app to compare and contrast climate statistics for different agricultural regions of Australia. The resources are complete with PowerPoint presentations, teacher notes and student worksheets.

Overview of lessons:

Lesson 1 – Students are introduced to the cause and impacts of climate change on agricultural production. They will be asked to think about how the industry is working to adapt to those issues. Students will also learn about other key ideas like climate change mitigation, biomes and food security.

Lesson 2 – Students will dig further into the impacts of climate change and explore specifically how it is effecting farmers in Gippsland. Students will be introduced to a farmer from their area and be asked to think critically about how the farmer can adapt to climate change.

Lesson 3 – In the final lesson of the unit students will be asked to apply the knowledge they have gained about climate change adaptation to a real world scenario. Using historical weather data from the Australian CliMate App website, students will classify a region’s biome and research the climate change related issues being faced in the area. Students will then create a pitch for the region’s farmers about how they can adapt to limit the impact of climate change.

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