Global warming

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Aim of the project:

This learning project aims to support participants in their response to global warming through the collective creation and use of learning activities around the topic of global warming.

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  • Find participants for the project
  • Discus and select approaches to organise and implement the project
  • Work collectively to set the aims and objectives of the project
  • Negotiate a provisional outline of how these objective might be achieved
  • Collectively identify, locate, remix, edit and create learning activities and resources that will fulfil participants individual objectives.
  • Participate in the learning activities
  • Reflect on and evaluate these learning experiences
  • Refine the process and repeat


If you are interested in this project and by way of introducing yourself please share your answer to the following question. (Don't forget to sign your contribution with ~~~~)

Why would you want to join this project?

I've been aware of global warming for some time and have finally decided that I need to try and get my head round it. I've made a start but realised that its not possible to do it on your own. It seems such a huge issue it's difficult to know were to start. Personally I don't doubt the science and accept that our activities such as burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests and changing land use release carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere coursing the climate to change. I'm interested in understanding more about these processes as I have a scientific background. I also don't doubt the dire consequences if we continue with these actions although I find it scary and difficult to take in the enormity of what could happen. I would like to try and get a clearer and more objective take on these scenarios. On a final note for now the news is full of individuals, groups, organisations, governments and International organisations offering a whole range of solutions for how we should be dealing with this issue. This is were I have most difficulty how should we individually and collectively respond to this situation? This is the area I would most like to explore in this project.

Mystictim 16:24, 27 November 2009 (UTC)

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Organisation and implementation of the project

This section will be collectively developed. To get things started please add your thoughts to the following question. Don't forget to sign your contribution with ~~~~

How do you think we should organise and implement this project?

I would like this to be a participatory action research project. The aim of participatory action research is to collectively bring about changes that benefit wider society as well as the participants. This is archived by applying techniques from action research. The participants collaboratively identify things that they could change by analysing and reflecting on their common lived experiences. They then decide what it is they want to change. The next step is to work together and plan how to bring about the change. The group then puts the plan into action. The next step is to reflect on the consequences of their actions. From these reflections a new assessment of the situation can be made. The cycle is repeated to further refine the changes. An example of this approach has been carried out by The Heiveld Cooperative

Mystictim 16:24, 27 November 2009 (UTC)

Learning Activities

Introduction to the Science

Climate Literacy Handbook

Short courses

  • Openlearn's global warming course provides a structured introduction to the science behind the debate from the people who brought you the Open University.
  • Global warming is a series of videos lectures by David Archer covering a 10-week course for non-science majors focuses on a single problem: assessing the risk of human-caused climate change.

Review and Feedback

Essential Resources

Essential Websites

  • The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is the lead organisation for the international investigation into global warming and climate change.
  • The Copenhagen Diagnosis website synthesizes the most policy-relevant climate science published since the close-off of material for the last IPCC report
  • Real Climate is a blog by scientists working in climate science and an invaluable source for those who are scientifically inclined.

Essential Reading

Organise and cooperate - Be bold you don't need permission - Take responsibility for your actions

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