Audio: Fall of the Pyramid Age of Egypt

An audio by Michael Dee at ‘Teddy Talks’, University of Oxford that discusses the potential role of climate change in the collapse of the ‘pyramid age’ in Egypt. The audio discusses a timeline of the historic Northeast African region and its societies at the beginning of the ‘pyramid age’. Dee then discusses the use and effectiveness of radiocarbon dating to map out the impacts of climate change and the ‘mega-drought’ that potentially led to the fall of the Egyptian, Mesopotamia and Indus Valley civilizations.   

Students will learn about the history and fall of the Egyptian Civilization. They will also learn about the debate on whether the collapse was caused by climate change or inefficient governance. Students will also learn about the various environmental events in neighbouring regions that potentially affected ancient Egypt. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is the ‘pyramid age’? 
  2. How did the ‘mega-drought’ cause the collapse of the Mesopotamian civilization?
  3. Discuss whether climate change caused the fall of the civilization.

About the tool

Tool NameClimate Change and the fall of the Pyramid Age of Egypt 
DisciplineHumanities, Social Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate and Society 
Climate Topic History, Historical Studies, Archaeology, Anthropology, Radiocarbon Dating, Egyptian Civilization, Pyramid Age
Type of tool Audio (11 mins 30 secs)
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationAfrica, Egypt 
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byThe University of Oxford Podcasts 
Hosted atThe University of Oxford
Linkhttps://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/climate-change-and-fall-pyramid-age-egypt
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic 

Audio: The Art of Storytelling

An audio conversation between storyteller and performing artist, Jo Blake and storyteller and art therapist, Sarah Deco on the relationship between mythologies and climate change narratives. This podcast focuses on how climate narratives can affect individual action and behaviour.

Students will be introduced to how ancient myths psychologically affect us as individuals and connect us to others through nature and culture. They will also learn how to use the nature of myth and storytelling to emotionally impact people to be hopeful and action-driven with reference to the current climate crisis. Additionally, they will also learn how to overcome trauma and grief caused by climate change through the use of myths, storytelling and collective experiences. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the art of storytelling and how is it used to narrate myths?
  2. Give an example of how a myth can be used as a symbolism to overcome climate change related grief and trauma?

About the Tool

Tool NameCan ancient myths help transform the narratives that led to the climate change crisis?
DisciplineHumanities, Social Science, Psychology
Topic(s) in DisciplineEnglish, Storytelling, Climate Psychology, Behavioural Psychology, Myths and Mythology
Climate TopicClimate and Society; Climate Literacy
Type of toolAudio (28 mins)
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish
Translation
Developed byClimate Psychology Alliance
Hosted atClimate Psychology Alliance
LinkAudio Link
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Video/Microlecture: Climate Change, The Humanities and Planetary Citizenship

A video microlecture by Stephanie LeMenager, Radcliffe Institute fellow (2016–2017), Harvard University titled ‘Climate Citizenship and the Humanities’. This short video discusses the role of the Humanities in understanding climate change and dealing with its impacts. It introduces the term ‘planetary citizens’ in an era of unpredictable climate futures. It further discusses issues such as climate justice, ecological scarcity, resource scarcity, globalization, and inequities.

Students will understand the importance of the Humanities in understanding climate change and its impacts. They will further understand the need to address what it means to be a planetary citizen to be able to deal with unprecedented future climate issues.

 Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. Describe the term ‘planetary citizenship’.
  2. How can humanities help in dealing with climate change impacts?     

About the Tool 

Tool NameStephanie LeMenager Climate Citizenship and the Humanities Radcliffe Institute
DisciplineHumanities, Social Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview, Planetary Citizenship 
Climate Topic Climate Literacy; Climate and Society
Type of tool Video/Microlecture (2 min 20 sec)
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byHarvard University
Hosted atYouTube
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Reading: Marxism and Carbon Markets

A reading titled ‘Greening Capitalism? A Marxist Critique of Carbon Markets’ by Steffan Bohm, Maria Misoczky and Sandra Moog that discusses a Marxist assessment of carbon markets and their role in the evolution of global capitalism and climate change. The reading discusses four major marxist concepts: metabolic rift, capitalism and world ecology, uneven development and accumulation through dispossession, sub-imperialism, to establish a structure for an analysis of carbon markets. The reading further discusses the importance of understanding historical global capitalism development and its link to nature, especially within the Global South. 

Students will learn about Marx’s theories and carbon markets and their role in mitigating climate change. They will also learn about the concept of ‘greening capitalism’ and its role in the future of economic growth and development. Students will further learn about the importance of mapping and acknowledging historical global capitalism development to understand the current state of climate change in the Global South. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is Greening Capitalism? 
  2. Explain the link between history, capitalism and nature in the Global South
  3. Carbon markets could affect capitalist dynamics to achieve a global sustainable economy. Discuss 

About the tool

Tool NameGreening Capitalism? A Marxist Critique of Carbon Markets
DisciplineEconomics, Social Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineMarxist Theory of Capitalism, Marx, Capitalism, Greening Capitalism, Historical Materialism, Economic Policy, Marxism
Climate Topic Energy, Economics and Climate Change, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance 
Type of tool Reading 
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationGlobal 
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed bySteffan Bohm, Maria Misoczky and Sandra Moog
Hosted atResearch Gate
Linkhttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/239735675_Greening_Capitalism_A_Marxist_Critique_of_Carbon_Markets
AccessOnline/Offline
Computer SkillsBasic 

Audio: What is climate psycology?

An audio podcast of the American Psychological Association where Dr. Susan Claytonto speaks  about the  impacts of climate change on mental health and well-being.

The students will be introduced to Clayton’s work on psychological response to climate change. They will learn about mental health consequences of climate change such as anxiety, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), grief, chronic psychological dysfunction, and depression. Additionally, they will learn about direct and indirect impacts of climate change on the human mind and the psychology of climate denial.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. How does climate change impact mental health and well-being?
  2. Discuss some mental health disorders caused by climate change.
  3. Who are the most vulnerable to such mental health disorders?
  4. What are some of the ways to address mental health issues caused by climate change?

About the Tool

Tool NameSpeaking of Psychology: The psychology of climate change
DisciplineSocial Sciences, Psychology
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Psychology, Mental Health and Well-being, Climate Vulnerability, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Chronic Psychological Dysfunction, Depression
Climate TopicClimate and Health, Climate and Society
Type of ToolAudio (36 mins)
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationUS, Global
LanguageEnglish
TranslationNone
Developed byAmerican Psychological Association and Dr. Susan Clayton
Hosted atAmerican Psychological Association
LinkLink
AccessOnline/Offline
Computer SkillsBasic

Video: India’s Climate Change Policies

A video lecture on India’s climate change policies and governance by Navroz Dubash, Center for Policy Research.  This video lecture is part 2 of a 2-part lecture  series titled ‘Climate Change: Policy and Governance: Global Negotiations and Domestic Policy Making’ of a MOOC. This MOOC has been developed by the National Resource Center on Climate Change at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, India.  The video discusses the history of India’s climate change policy. It also includes discussions on public narrative and policy frameworks through two main themes:

  1. India’s changing climate narrative: This section focuses on the history of India’s climate change policy and the change in public climate change narrative. The section discusses climate equity, 
  2. Emerging climate policy framework: This section discusses the current policy framework and stakeholders in mitigating climate change 

The lecture discusses specific climate change impacts such as decreased agricultural yields, increased rainfall, melting of glaciers and water scarcity that directly affect the economic development of India. Dubash explains India’s growing energy needs and the potential threat that climate change may have on the development of the energy sector. Additionally, the lecture discusses India’s current carbon emitting position with regards to other countries such as the U.S.A and China, creating an upper limit of emissions. The lecture also discusses the potential synergy of development and climate mitigation through the concept of “ urban co-benefits” where sectors like transport can develop to include mitigation techniques. Dubash also discusses the current institutional landscape for climate governance that starts with governing bodies such as the Ministry of Environment and Forest in 2007 and continues with the National Action Plan in 2009. Lastly, the lecture discusses the three pledges that India, as part of the Paris Agreement, has undertaken to carry out: 

  1. Decrease emission intensity by 33-35% by 2030
  2. To convert from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources by 2030
  3. Sequester 2.5-3.0 billion tons of carbon dioxide in the forest sector by 2030

Students will learn about the history of India’s climate change policies. They will also learn about the climate change narratives in India and how it has been influenced by inequity, social  impacts such as poverty and water scarcity and geopolitical drivers such as foreign policy, country alliances and global economic development. Students will further learn about the institutions and local governing bodies that influence climate change policy making. They will further learn about India’s current position within global climate mitigation initiatives and the competition of development within countries.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. Discuss the history of India’s climate change policies.
  2. Discuss the change of climate change narratives in India over the last 20 years.
  3. How does the debate between development and climate change mitigation influence climate change policy making?

About the tool

Tool NameW10 CO8 LO2 Climate Change: Policy and Governance: Global Negotiations and Domestic Policy Making
DisciplineSocial Sciences, Public Policy
Topic(s) in DisciplinePublic Policy, Climate Change Policy, Governance, India Climate Change Policy
Climate Topic Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance 
Type of tool Video (36 mins)
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationAsia, India 
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byIndian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
Hosted atYouTube
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic 

E-learning Course: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in African Cities

An e-learning course to understand the drivers and impacts of climate change in cities, and to learn about various planning and decision-making approaches for climate change adaptation in African cities.

Video/ Microlecture: Climate Change in the Social Sciences Classroom

A video lecture by Rahul Chopra, TROP ICSU and IISER Pune on climate change educational resources that Social Sciences teachers can use in their classrooms. These educational resources integrate climate change understanding with the core curriculum in Social Sciences. This video lecture is part of an online e-learning course (MOOC) titled ‘Climate Change: A Guide For Teachers Of All Disciplines’ developed  by the National Resource Centre (NRC) on Climate Change at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune as part of the Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India.

This video lecture presents several lesson plans and teaching tools that Social Sciences teachers can use to teach topics in their discipline using climate related activities, case studies and examples. It also includes discussions on the use of digital pedagogy for effective classroom instruction. This lecture presents how Social Sciences teachers can teach topics such as Climate Refugees, Environmental Migration, Climate Justice, Climate Change and Behavior, Climate Change and Children, Food Security, Human Health and Disease among others.

About the Tool 

Tool NameClimate Change in the Social Sciences Classroom
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview
Climate Topic Climate Literacy
Type of tool Video/ Microlecture (40 mins)
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish
Translation
Developed byRahul Chopra, TROP ICSU and IISER Pune
Hosted at​YouTube Channel of IISER Pune
LinkClimate Change in the Social Sciences Classroom :- Link
Climate Change: A Guide For Teachers Of All Disciplines :- Link
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic