Climate Change

Looking for helpful material offering information on climate change you will find a huge number of sites on the internet.

Here I have picked a few which I consider mandatory for our English course.

The first is the main site of the UN covering climate change. You will find a lot  of  basic facts and information about the climate conferences.

The UN gateway to information on climate change

In class we saw and talked about Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvinient Truth”, which I hope was a good and easy to understand introduction into the whole topic. There is also a website for this documentary movie:

Climate Crisis Web Site

As with most topics assigned for you in connection with our “Zentral-Abitur” examination, we have to keep in mind that we are not – in this case – a geography  or a physics class. So what really is expected of you, the students?

I think that the topic of climate change is quite well chosen, because it is something we find everyday in our media, and so it is part of general education. No matter if you “believe” or accept global warming as a fact or not, as a well informed citizen one must be informed about these matters, and that means you should have a basic understanding of the background facts (e.g. What is the greenhouse effect? What do we know about climate history? ) and the basic aspects of the controversy ( What is the evidence for climate change being caused by human activity? and: What are the main arguments brought forward against this? and again: What could you say to prove these arguments wrong?). Also you should know about the main contributers to global warming and possible ways to prevent more global warming.

Humanity has become aware of the possibility of global warming since roughly twenty years. There have been several United Nations conferences on climate change, most recently in Copenhagen (see my posts / links to  articlse from the Guardian and the Observer from 30 Nov 2009 to 23 Dec 2009 ). You should know the most basic things about these conferences ( mainly  Kyoto and the Kyoto Protocol) and their results whatever you personally think of them. I hope that I have answered the question from above at least so far that the whole topic does not appear too intimidating.

For the Kyoto Protocol you might want to go to this UN site, and as always there is a Wikipedia site for the Kyoto Protocol.

Please return to this page every once in a while as I will be adding stuff here…