Educational materials for schools in Norrbotten

Climate change concerns those who are young today to a major extent. To engage and involve students in compulsory school, educational developers in Piteå Municipality and the County Administrative Board of Norrbotten have formulated educational materials. In these materials, research and future forecasts are described in a comprehensible and engaged manner, at the same time that it provides a tool to use in education.

The educational material comprises a report with basic climate information directed at young people and a teacher’s guide.

The report Wet winters and longer summers

What do the scientists say about the climate of the future? What will it be like where I live, will it rain more, get warmer? What will happen with the buildings and the roads? What will happen with the plants and animals? The report makes the scientists’ analyses comprehensible and has been written in a way that young people understand and can take in. It describes what the climate scenarios show for Norrbotten and how it can affect life and society.

Klimatrapport för unga i Norrbotten
Climate report for young in Norrbotten. Illustration Länsstyrelsen Norrbotten

Teacher supervision

What does it look like in my surroundings? How can my daily life be affected by climate change? How can I adjust to it? What changes do we need to make now and in the future? With the teacher’s guide, teachers and students can together choose how they want to work with the climate issues. The guide provides an opportunity for varied teaching in science, social studies, home economics, physical education and health, etc. and is well rooted in the curriculum and the course syllabi. The guide contains exercises, lab work and matrices.

The material is presented on the website of the County Administrative Board of Norrbotten, at seminars, meeting places for teachers and on other knowledge improving occasions. Climate change in Norrbotten, teacher supervision, in Swedish..

Financing

The publications costed SEK 140,000 to prepare, which was financed by the County Administration Board.

More examples of climate adaptation

This is one of many examples of climate adaptation. There are more in the collection of ideas being built up by the Swedish National Knowledge Centre for Climate Change Adaptation at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI). The collection of examples has the aim of sharing experiences and providing ideas to everyone who works with climate adaptation. Examples describe concrete measures and challenges in several subject areas. They show how different actors have worked to adapt their activities to the climate changes that are already being noticed today and those that we cannot prevent in the future.