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The 2015 Climate Conference begins this Monday in Paris. Until December 11, climate change will be at the heart of discussions in order to lead to an agreement limiting global warming in the world.

“French President François Hollande, host of the conference of the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change, congratulated the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, on Sunday for the progress made in the fight against climate change. Both hope to reach an “ambitious” agreement. "

Source: Radio-Canada

The following activities will help to better understand the objectives of this international summit.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Find the meaning of several acronyms related to the Paris Climate Conference;
- Understand the objective of this international summit;
- Watch a video on climate change;
- Follow the news related to the Paris Climate Conference.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: Paris 2015

First, ask students if they know the meaning of the hashtag #COP21. If necessary, do a web search to find out what it is.

To learn more about the Paris Conference, invite students to find the meaning of the abbreviations presented. in the following diagram. To do so, they should consult the links in the "Find out more" section.

Finally, as a whole class discuss the ultimate goal of this international conference.

ACTIVITY 2: Climate change

Before starting the activity, ask students if they can explain what global warming is.

As a whole class, watch this video about climate change.

Finally, to check students' understanding, ask the following questions:

- What natural phenomenon maintains the temperature of the planet?
- At what point in history has the greenhouse effect increased considerably?
- By how many degrees has the temperature of the planet increased and what are the consequences?
- What are the solutions to limit the rise in temperatures?

ACTIVITY 3: Follow the summit closely

Every day, until the end of the Conference, consult the news in order to know the developments.

Have the students get together in teams of 2 or 3 and assign a day to each team. During this day, students should consult the web page United Nations Climate Change Conference of Radio-Canada to produce a summary of key events.

They should also present this summary of events to the class using presentation software of their choice.

More about the magazine

2015 Paris Climate Conference
Wikipedia article

Act on climate change
United Nations website

COP21: the challenges of the climate conference
RFI, November 30, 2015

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.