Lesson D3 - Climate Justice
Social sciences, Geography
Through a role-playing game, students discover the inequalities between countries with respect to wealth and greenhouse gas emissions. Another role-playing game helps them realise that vulnerability to climate change is not the same for all countries – the most vulnerable not always being the most responsible.
Not all countries emit the same amount of greenhouse gases, nor are they equally vulnerable to climate change impacts.
The wealthiest countries emit the greatest amounts of greenhouse gases.
Droughts, storms and floods exacerbated by climate change mainly affect people living in developing countries who have contributed least to climate change.
The majority of the world’s people live in rapidly developing countries; this will have an impact on future greenhouse gas emissions.
There is growing awareness of the need for urgent and widespread action to limit climate change and protect the most vulnerable.
Science can explain the origins and mechanisms of what is happening, but it is the choices of each citizen and the countries’ legislations that guide actions.