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Authors

The Climate Question, BBC

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics, Civics

Resource Type

  • Podcast, 27 minutes, 21 seconds

Regional Focus

Africa, Asia

How Can We Save the World's Tropical Peatland?

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Synopsis
  • This podcast details why preserving peatland is tricky, due in large part to the fact that keeping peatland healthy can be more expensive than digging it up and developing the land.
  • Students will learn what peatlands are, where they're located, what happens when they dry out, how they're connected to climate change, what governments are doing to protect them, and some of the roadblocks that are stopping peatland preservation. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This podcast is thorough and includes multiple perspectives that will enhance student understanding. 
  • The narrator is clear and concise. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have an understanding of ecosystems, the carbon cycle, and conservation. 

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in social studies classes discussing international politics and economics, or in language arts classes working with nonfiction sources or debate units. 
  • This resource lends itself well to a Socratic Circle activity. 
    • Break students into two groups called the inner and outer circles. Have the inner circle sit in a circle facing out, and then have the outer circle sit around the inner circle facing in. 
    • The inner circle begins by analyzing the resource through questioning themselves and gathering answers. Once they have concluded their conversation, the outer circle provides feedback and additional understanding. 
    • The previous step is repeated until the circles come to a cohesive understanding of the resource.
  • As an extension, have students research what government programs could be available to assist in peatland preservation. 
Scientist Notes
The podcast emphasizes the function of peatlands in storing carbon. The ecosystem of peatlands is under threat from human activity and more of the CO2 trapped in peat is released into the atmosphere as a result of warmer temperatures and farm expansion into peatland. The resource emphasizes the significance of protecting this ecosystem through the use of climate financing to build livelihoods and resilience, so as to lock up CO2. This resource has no scientific misconceptions, and it is a useful teaching tool.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • Social Studies
    • Civics & Government
      • Civics & Government 1 (F3): Students understand the ideals, purposes, principles, structures, and processes of constitutional government in the United States and in the American political system, as well as examples of other forms of government and political systems in the world by describing the purpose, structures, and processes of the American political system.
    • Personal Finance & Economics
      • Economics (D2): Students understand the principles and processes of personal economics, the role of markets, the economic system of the United States, other economic systems in the world, and how economics serves to inform decisions in the present and future by explaining and applying the concepts of specialization, economic interdependence, and comparative advantage.
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