Teaching climate change in Life Orientation: Self in society

Watch this video published by the CSIR that explains what is meant by climate change and its effects on South Africa.

What is climate change?

Climate change refers to significant and long-term changes in the average weather patterns on Earth, primarily caused by human activities such as burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and industrial processes. These activities increase the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, leading to global warming and resulting in changes like more frequent and severe weather events, rising sea levels, and shifts in ecosystems. Understanding climate change is essential for preparing our learners to make informed decisions and take action to protect their environment and future.

For additional notes on climate change, click here or refer to your Fundisa for Change Core Text to better understand climate change.

Watch the PowerPoint presentation Climate Change in the Life Orientation Classroom to better understand how to introduce climate change as a matter of concern in your lessons and address climate change challenges in your teaching and assessment activities.

What do South African learners say about Climate Change?

In this video, a  group of young learners from KwaZulu-Natal talks about what they think climate change is and what we should do about it.

The “SA Climate Change Champs” is an initiative that is enabling constructive and collaborative engagement between communities, women and the youth, in climate change mitigation and adaptation.