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Forces of Change

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The Smithsonian’s Forces of Change online exhibit has lots of accessible information on various changes taking place on the Earth, especially those related to the climate. It has sections on the Arctic, the atmosphere, El Nino, and soils.

If I were using this in my class, I would probably first look under the “media library” heading in each section. Here, you can find lots of information presented in very visual ways. The Arctic section also includes a closed captioned documentary. This documentary is an eyewitness narrative of Yup’ik people directly affected by climate change, reminiscent of this article that I mentioned yesterday.

Another potentially useful part of the Forces of Change website is the short biographies of many of the scientists involved in the research. Biographies can be a great way to make abstract issues more personal.

Tags: blog · climate change · global issues activities · listening · natural disasters · reading · the environment · video · visual prompts

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