I can be sloppy in my use of language at times and in this sloppiness, adopted the phrase "climate solutions" instead of a bulkier phrase like "adaptation and mitigation measures required to address climate change." In talking with a CA150 teacher yesterday, I discovered "climate solutions" was misleading, resulting in the teacher wondering if his students would be able to come up with solutions.
We need to help students understand the problems, the impacts of climate change on them, their communities and beyond. But we don't want them to just look at the problems. And that's my reason for wanting to keep an emphasis on examining the "s" word — what can I do about it?, what can my community do about it?, and what do I want others (Government, etc.) to do about it?
- Mitigation: Your students examine the impacts of climate change on them/on their community and take action to reduce their GHG emissions — their actions and the actions of others in their community contribute to the overall mitigation of the impacts of climate change.
- Adaptation: Your students identify the increased risk of extreme weather events like flooding and examine what homeowners and communities can do to improve preparedness for these events.
I may have answered any confusion and I may have raised more questions about how students come up with what can I/my community do about it? and what can others do? and so look forward to responses to this and ongoing dialogue.