CHANGES IN CLIMATIC CONDITION
“The Greenhouse Effect” (4 pts)
Early in the movie, Al Gore discusses the Basic Science of Global Warming starting with “solar radiation in the form of light waves heating the earth” and finishing with “more of the outgoing infra-red radiation is trapped”. This concept he discusses is known as “The Greenhouse Effect” and is one of the most important concepts in the subject of Climate Change. Understand and explain this concept as well as you can. Using the words from the movie is good as long as you understand them. The better you can understand this concept now, the easier it will be to understand the rest of the science of Climate Change.
The concepts of climatic change (10 pts)
The movie has many other important Climate Change science concepts throughout. List 10 scientific concepts from the movie and provide a description of each one. Don’t worry too much about understanding each one, the goal is to get familiar with the different concepts and start understanding the overall picture of Climate Change. You will soon be learning more details about each of these science concepts in class.
Three of Climate Denier Myths (2 pts each)
Explain how Al Gore’s refutes each of the common climate denier myths below.
a) Myth #1: “Scientists don’t agree”. In your response, provide a comparison between science articles and news articles. Watch this short and humorous video to help you discuss this myth.
b) Myth #2: “Doing something would ruin our economy”. Provide a discussion of the automobile industry example. Use historical examples and include a discussion of what can happen if we don’t make the changes.
c) Myth #3: “Despair is our only possible reaction”. Discuss what we can do instead of feeling only despair. List at least three social or scientific advancements discussed in the movie where humans have been able to overcome societal norms to “create extraordinary advancements previously thought to be impossible”. Keep these things in mind throughout the class, to let you know that yes, Climate Change can be resolved!
Review of “An Inconvenient Truth” (6 pts)
How much did you know about Climate Change before watching the movie? What were some of the more important things you learned from the movie? What do you have the most questions about Climate Change or what would like to learn the most about after watching the movie? (minimum 100 – 200 words)
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