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Review of the Warsaw Climate Conference

The 19th international conference on climate change took place from November 11 to 23 in Warsaw, Poland. The 195 countries brought together were tasked with reaching an agreement to curb global warming. Let's see if they took up the challenge!

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“Meeting for two weeks in Warsaw, representatives of 195 countries hoped to agree on a timetable concerning, among other things, the publication of national targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Talks stumbled over an old problem: developing countries, notably China and India, demand that, as was the case under the Kyoto Protocol, “poor” countries should not be legally required to meet. specific objectives. It is up to developed countries, they say, to shoulder the brunt of the burden. "
Source: La Presse
The following activities will provide a better understanding of climate issues.
 


Goals

At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Analyze a press article which presents the conclusions of the Warsaw Conference and answer questions of understanding;
- Watch a PowerPoint presentation on climate change in order to understand the current issues concerning the climate;
- List actions to be taken in the short and medium term in order to reduce greenhouse gases;
- Observe a map of the world that represents the north / south inequality and understand that this situation affects the negotiations on the international agreement aimed at curbing global warming;
- Find an excerpt from a press article which mentions that the inequalities between developed and developing countries cause problems for the agreement which should be adopted in Paris in 2015;
- Correctly write the bibliographic reference of a press article found on the Web;
- Research the Kyoto Protocol and present its results in presentation software such as PowerPoint or using a mind map.
 


Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: Analyze the conclusions of the Warsaw Conference

First, ask the students if they were aware that the Warsaw Climate Conference was taking place recently. Do they know how this conference ended? Tell them that an agreement was reached after a long sleepless night of negotiations.
In order to understand the conclusions of this lecture, invite students to read the following article.
Climate compromise avoids stalemate in Warsaw
Released on Radio-Canada, November 23, 2013.
True or false?
Does the agreement adopted on November 23 limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius?
What was one of the main points of contention?
Why did the United States reject Kyoto at the time?
Why did you change the term “commitment” to “contribution” in the initial text? Which countries were asking for this change?
Where and when should a greenhouse gas reduction agreement be adopted? When will this agreement come into effect?
Why is Canada criticized? And by which association is he criticized?
 

ACTIVITY 2: The current situation

In order to identify the problems associated with climate change, watch in class this slide show offered by the In-Terre-Actif Network.
Fight against climate change
Next, ask students what can be done individually to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Make a short-term to-do list and another medium-term to-do list. Involve your school's environment committee, if applicable.
 

ACTIVITY 3: North / South inequalities

First, have students determine what the following picture represents.

Source: By Kingj123 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 
Next, get students to think about north-south inequalities. Could this situation cause problems at the next Climate Conference in Paris in 2015?
Have students find on the web an excerpt from a newspaper article about the Warsaw Conference that proves that inequalities between developed and developing countries are a source of litigation. They must copy and paste the selected excerpt into a word processing document and correctly indicate the source of the article by entering the full bibliographic reference.
Here is what must contain a bibliographic reference of a press article obtained on the Web:

Author, X. (year, date). Title of the article. Periodical title in italics, Spotted at full url.

Example:
Pratte, André. (2013, November 25). Far from Paris. The Press. Spotted at http://www.lapresse.ca/debats/editoriaux/andre-pratte/201311/25/01-4714216-loin-de-paris.php
 


For further

What is the Kyoto Protocol? Have the students do some research to understand what this international agreement is. Students will be able to summarize their findings in a PowerPoint-type presentation or in a mind map. The activity is left free of other instructions (perhaps only to specify the time allocated) to allow each team to create according to its interests and strengths, without being limited. The assessment should take into account the strengths and weaknesses of each individual.
 


More about the magazine

Climate compromise avoids stalemate in Warsaw
Radio-Canada article from November 23, 2013
Last-minute agreement at the Warsaw climate conference
Release of November 23, 2013
North / South limit
Wikipedia article
Kyoto Protocol
Wikipedia article
 

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About the Author

Véronique Lavergne
Véronique Lavergne
Véronique is a librarian at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières and a trainer in educational technology for future teachers. She also holds a teaching certificate in the social universe at the secondary level and collaborates regularly with the organization L'École branchée.

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