Video : Behavioral psychology and climate change

A video lecture that discusses behavioural psychological responses to climate change. It focuses on individual lifestyle decisions which are influenced by capitalism, technology advancement, politics, social perceptions and personal gain and benefit; and how this further affects their behavioural responses to climate change.     

Students will learn about behaviourism, consumerism and climate change. They will understand aspects of classical conditioning and behaviourism such as optimisation and rationalization and their importance in individual decision making. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. Discuss behavioural psychological responses to climate change
  2. Discuss the link between individual decision making and the seven barriers of sustainability
  3. How does classical conditioning affect individual decision making with regards to climate change?

About the Tool

Tool Name The Psychology of Climate Change: Action and Inaction
Discipline Social Sciences, Psychology
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Psychology, Behavioural Psychology, Classical Conditioning, Optimisation, Rationalisation
Climate Topic Climate and Society
Type of Tool Video lecture
Grade Level Undergraduate, Graduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation
Developed by Dr Robert Gifford
Hosted at The Institute of International and European Affairs
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Computer Skills Basic

Video: Evolutionary Biology: Where Do We Go Now?

A video micro-lecture that describes different ways in which climate change affects behaviour, morphology, and physiology of organisms. This video lecture by Dr. George Gilchrist, Professor of Biology at the College of William and Mary, on evolutionary adaptation highlights the difference between environmental adaptation and phenotypic plasticity, including the importance of acclimation for survival.

Students will learn about evolutionary adaptation, difference between adaptation and acclimation and how climate change may affect the distribution of animals in the tropical and temperate zones. Students will further learn why tropical organisms are at a greater potential risk of extinction due to climate change.  

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is evolutionary adaptation?
  2. What is the difference between adaptation and acclimation? Illustrate with examples.
  3. How does climate change affect the distribution of tropical populations?

About the Tool

Tool Name Coping with Climate Change – Evolution in the News
Discipline Biological Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Phenotypic Plasticity, Adaptation,Acclimation, Abiotic Factors,Genetic Variation, Range Shift
Climate Topic Climate and the Biosphere
Type of Tool Video lecture
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation
Developed by Dr. George Gilchrist, College of William and Mary
Hosted at NESCentMedia Channel on YouTube
Link Video Link
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Computer Skills Basic

Economics of Climate Change with William Nordhaus, Nobel Laureate (2018)

This video lecture by William Nordhaus on the economics of climate change. This is a comprehensive video on the impacts of climate change and its effect on the economy, along with a focus on economic policy for climate mitigation and adaptation.

Students will be introduced to the economics of climate change. They will learn about carbon pricing and its alternatives, use of subsidies, cap & trade, and taxation as potential climate solutions. Students will also be able to establish a link between economics and public policies and learn to integrate human economy and climate change.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the economics of climate change?
  2. What is carbon pricing?
  3. How can economic policies help mitigate climate change?
  4. What is the cost of policy uncertainty on climate change?

About the Tool

Tool Name William Nordhaus: The Economics of Climate Change
Discipline Economics
Topic(s) in Discipline Economics of Climate Change, Climate Economics, Demand and Supply, Carbon Pricing, Carbon Tax, Cap and Trade, Cost Benefit Analysis
Climate Topic Energy, Economics and Climate Change; Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of Tool Video (64 mins)
Grade Level Undergraduate
Location  Global
Language English
Translation
Developed by Becker Friedman Institute, University of Chicago
Hosted at YouTube
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Computer Skills Basic

Behavioural Psychology and Climate Change

As a teacher of Psychology in the Social Sciences you can use this video to teach your students aspects of behavioral science, explain the limitations of our brains in perceiving climate change, and discuss potential behavioral science solutions to the climate crisis.

Through this video students will understand the concept of psychological distance and how that impacts individual behavior towards climate change. Students will learn about the limitations of the human mind and how effective personal, visual images can be in choosing sustainable lifestyles. Furthermore, students will learn the stages of behavioral psychology from cognitive perception to emotional relation to behavior change. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is behavioral psychology?
  2. How do cognitive and psychological factors like ‘psychological distance’ influence responses to climate change?
  3. What effective measures can be taken to instigate behavioral changes at an individual level when responding to the climate crisis?

About the Tool

Tool Name The Psychology of Climate Change
Discipline Social Sciences, Psychology
Topic(s) in Discipline Behavioral Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Psychological Bias, Psychological Distance
Climate Topic Climate and Society
Type of Tool Video (30 mins)
Grade Level Undergraduate
Location  US
Language English
Translation
Developed by Sabine Pahl, University of Plymouth
Hosted at PICSCanada
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Computer Skills Basic

Differential Calculus using Methane Data

A classroom/laboratory activity for Mathematics teachers to teach about Differential Calculus, specifically, about polynomial differentiation focusing on  Tangent Line Problem and Curve Fitting. This activity contains yearly data of the globally averaged marine surface methane from 1984 to 2019. Methane is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions – a potential cause of global warming.

Students will learn the use of scatter plot and curve fitting to derive the polynomial differentiation function. Further this activity will allow students to predict future methane concentrations.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What are polynomial differentiation functions?
  2. Derive a polynomial function using the given methane concentration date.
  3. Calculate future methane concentration using polynomial differentiation.

About the Tool

Tool Name Global Marine Surface CH4
Discipline Mathematics and Statistics
Topic(s) in Discipline Differential Calculus, Polynomial Differentiation, Tangent Line Problem, Scatter Plot, Curve Fitting
Climate Topic Classroom/Laboratory Activity
Type of Tool Video (64 mins)
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location  Global
Language English
Translation
Developed by Thomas J. Pfaff (Ithaca College)
Hosted at Sustainability Math
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Computer Skills Basic

Video: Who Is Responsible For Climate Change? Who Needs To Fix It?

This video gives an overview of global climate change, historical and annual carbon emissions, and biggest and smallest contributors to the emissions. This video is part of a series about climate change supported by Breakthrough Energy