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Climate Change and Biology Education


A set of two video lectures by Juliette Rooney-Varga, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, that discusses climate change education in the Biological Sciences. Lecture 1 is titled ‘Climate Change, Biology and Systems Thinking’ and discusses the importance of a system thinking approach to understand the causes and impacts of climate change. Lecture 2 is titled ‘Let the Games Begin: Climate Change Education Audience’ and discusses the importance of integrating climate change education in the Biological Sciences curriculum. The video also discusses the challenges of such an integrated pedagogical approach. It further highlights effective pedagogical strategies such as simulation-based role-playing games to understand climate change and topics in the Biological Sciences.

Students will learn about the need for integrating climate change into biology education. They will also understand the role of the biosphere in the Earth’s climate system.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the role of the biological sciences in understanding climate change?
  2. How can a system thinking approach benefit better understanding of climate change?
About Tool
Tool Name Climate Change Education
Discipline Biological Sciences 
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Change Overview, Botany
Climate Topic Climate and the Biosphere; Climate Literacy; Climate Change and Food Security
Type of tool Video (Part 1:27 min and Part 2: 34 min)
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Juliette Rooney-Varga 
Hosted at iBiology 
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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