As a high school or undergraduate Social Sciences, Humanities, or Environmental Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to help you in teaching about topics such as Social and Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Human Migration, Climate Refugees/Environmental Migrants, and Climate Justice.
This lesson plan enables students to learn about human migration caused by climate change, and the term “climate refugees” and its growing significance. The activity provides insights into geographic locations whose existence is threatened by climate change, and communities that are fleeing their homes, resulting in large-scale migration.
Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Social Sciences.
Use this lesson plan to help your students find answers to:
- 1. What are the reasons for human migration?
- 2. What are the climate change-related problems that threaten the existence of some regions in the world?
- 3. What are the challenges faced by climate refugees/environmental migrants?
- 4. What are the measures/policies that governments can adopt to tackle the challenges of climate-related human migration?
About Lesson Plan
|Grade Level||High School, Undergraduate|
|Discipline||Social Sciences, Humanities, Environmental Sciences|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||• Climate Change and Human Migration
• Climate Refugees
• Climate Justice
|Climate Topic||• Policies, Politics, and Environmental Governance
• Climate Refugees; Climate Justice
Includes Alaska, Pacific and Indian Ocean islands, Bangladesh, Sudan, Syria, USA, India
|Approximate Time Required||120 min|
|Reading (15 – 20 min)||A reading that discusses climate change-related human migration and the term “climate refugees” by describing how climate change is accelerating migration from various parts of Bangladesh to the capital, Dhaka.|
|Classroom/ Laboratory activity (~90 min)||A storymap and an associated activity worksheet to learn about countries and cities that are becoming uninhabitable because of the effects of climate change, and communities that are being forced to leave their homes and migrate to new locations.|
|1. Introduce the topic through a reading||
|2. Conduct a classroom/laboratory activity||
Use the tools and the concepts learned so far to discuss and determine answers to the following questions:
- • What are the reasons for human migration?
- • What are the climate change-related problems that threaten the existence of some regions in the world?
- • What are the challenges faced by climate refugees/environmental migrants?
- • What are the measures/policies that governments can adopt to tackle the challenges of climate-related human migration?
The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:
- • identify climate change-related threats to the existence of some regions in the world
- • describe the problem of environmental migration and the term, “climate refugee”
- • discuss the challenges faced by climate refugees
- • enumerate the problems caused by large-scale human migration
- • propose policies to handle the challenges posed by climate change-related migration
If you or your students would like to explore the topic further, these additional resources will be useful.
|1||Teaching Module||A teaching module, “A Global Challenge: ‘Climate Refugees’” from the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility:|
|1||Reading, “Dhaka: The city where climate refugees are already a reality”||The Guardian|
|2||Classroom/Laboratory Activity||esri; The Human Imprint|
|3||Additional Resources||Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility|
Data source: Coastal tide gauge records.
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