This three-part series of lessons covers climate change from the global perspective to what is happening here in North Carolina. In addition to the science of climate change, these lessons explore the topics of climate resilience, adaptation, and mitigation. Each lesson is provided as a self-paced slide show for learners and as a set of downloadable slides and instructor notes for educators. These were developed to target an audience of Extension Master Gardener Volunteers but will likely be relevant for most adult audiences.
This lesson provides an overview of climate change science from the global perspective. Topics included are the atmosphere, greenhouse gases, the carbon cycle, and indicators of global climate change. Learners who are already familiar with the science of climate change may want to skip this lesson and scroll to Lesson 2: Adapting to North Carolina’s Changing Climate.
This lesson overviews North Carolina’s changing climate, both historical observations and future projections, and the associated impacts that are already happening or are likely to happen in the future. Additional focus includes the concepts of climate resilience and adaptation at individual to community scales.
This lesson is designed to provide an overview of the role of climate change mitigation activities at different scales (individual to global) to ‘solving’ climate change. Learners will additionally review individual actions for home gardeners and participate in several brainstorming/reflection opportunities to explore the role of individual and local-level mitigation.