“Climate Change” at School (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)


“Climate Change” at School (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)

Pink Floyd, “Another Brick in the Wall”

Recently I have been aware of a debate about if Climate Change should be taught at school.

In my humble opinion, teaching science should be about pursuing the knowledge that enables minds to be independent, to recognize (by their properties, their behaviour and interconnections) the pieces at play and to understand the rules of the game (physics, thermodynamic and biological laws). From there, critical thinking and data acquisition skills, should give the freedom to not be told about who is the winner and the loser before the game has ended. Schools should enhance a better understanding about the pieces being part of the relation between social behaviour and natural laws.

If I tell you what a tree does you will understand the implications of reducing the number of trees and the costs derived from manufacturing technology to replace them. Maybe it should be a good thing to start by teaching what “change” and “climate” are. Just to build a good understanding of those terms it is a challenge good enough to begin with. How “change” is all around us?, how much are we part of those changes?, how sometimes we do induce them and other times just suffer their impact?. Why do changes occur?. What originates the climate in a planet? Why different planets have different climate?. Which are the connections between the climate of a planet and the composition and structures of the planet?. With the persistent influence of the Sun over our planet, and a repeated pattern of movement across space, what has made the climate in our planet change throughout time from CO2 dominated atmosphere to O2? What was the impact in the global climate of getting life to develop in the Oceans? and when it covered the surface of the continents? …

If you can get young minds to understand connections, you might also get them to start questioning, without any preconception told, what is the value behind understanding why there is a debate about “climate” and “change”. If you can explain at school level why fish can breathe under the water and where they get the oxygen they breathe, and if you can explain why there is no rain in the deserts, I believe, the other questions are achievable as well.

I guess that what it brings the debate into a higher level are the challenges of; singularizing players (identifying singular players from broad concepts) and forces, measuring the magnitudes of their roles and, identifying the hierarchies in their connections to a detail that would allow us to map, model, project and predict the bidirectional relationship between “changes” and “climate”.

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About Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.

Citing This Site "Title", published online "Month"+"Year", retrieved on "Month""Day", "Year" from http://www.diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com. By Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD. More guidance on citing this web as a source can be found at NASA webpage: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/bibliography/citations#! DOIs can be generated on demand by request by email: d.fdezsevilla(at)gmail.com for those publications missing at the ResearchGate profile vinculated with this project. Author´s profile: Bachelor in General Biology, Masters degree "Licenciado" in Environmental Sciences (2001, Spain). PhD in Aerobiology (2007, UK). Lived, acquired training and worked in Spain, UK, Germany and Poland. I have shared the outcome from my previous work as scientific speaker in events held in those countries as well as in Switzerland and Finland. After couple of years performing research and working in institutions linked with environmental research and management, I find myself in a period of transition searching for a new position or funding to support my research. In the present competitive scenario, instead of just moving my cv and wait for my next opportunity to arrive, I have decided to invest also my energy and time in opening my own line of research showing what I am capable of. The value of the data and the original nature of the research presented in this blog has proved to be worthy of consideration by the scientific community as well as for publication in scientific journals. However, without a position as member of an institution, it becomes very challenging to be published. I hope that this handicap do not overshadow the value of my work and the intellectual rights represented by the license of attribution attached are respected and considered by the scientist involved in this line of research. Any comment and feedback aimed to be constructive is welcome. In this blog I publish pieces of research focused on addressing relevant environmental questions. Furthermore, I try to break the barrier that academic publications very often offer isolating scientific findings from the general public. In that way I address those topics which I am familiar with, thanks to my training in environmental research, making them available throughout my posts. (see "Framework and Timeline" for a complete index). At this moment, 2017, I am living in Spain with no affiliation attachments. Free to relocate geographically worldwide. If you feel that I could be a contribution to your institution, team and projects don´t hesitate in contact me at d.fdezsevilla (at) gmail.com or consult my profile at LinkedIn, ResearchGate and Academia.edu. Also, I'd appreciate information about any opportunity that you might know and believe it could match with my aptitudes. The conclusions and ideas expressed in each post as part of my own creativity are part of my Intellectual Portfolio and are protected by Intellectual Property Laws. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial conditions. In citing my work from this website, be sure to include the date of access. (c)Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD, 2017. Filling in or Finding Out the gaps around. Publication accessed 20YY-MM-DD at http://www.diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com/
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