Climate Change\|Climate Change Primary

How climate affects our lives

Climate has a big effect on the food we eat, the energy we use, homes we live in, work we do (and how we travel to work), our culture and heritage and the way we spend our spare time. It can even affect our health, from sunburn to allergies to respiratory illnesses.

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In Scotland

The bright, warm and sunny summer months can encourage people to take more exercise and eat more healthily. However, in winter many vulnerable and elderly people in Scotland often spend much of the winter indoors to avoid the cold, snow and ice. Céilidh music and dancing was traditionally practised indoors during the winter months. Many thousands of people jet off for holidays each year in search of sun and warmth and to escape the changeable and wet climate of Scotland.

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Rest of the world

  • In Portugal, the hot midday sun can make it difficult to work. People tend to start work earlier in the morning while it is still cool then have a big lunch and a siesta in the afternoon.
  • In Toronto, Canada, miles of walkways underneath the city allow people to stay warm and get on with their lives during the severe winter months. This walkway, named PATH, links public transport, shops, offices, sports and entertainment centres.
  • The tropical climate in Cambodia encourages tremendous biodiversity. This has many benefits but there are also drawbacks such as poisonous snakes and insects. People living in remote forest areas build their houses on stilts to avoid uninvited guests. Diseases such as malaria and yellow fever are prevalent in warmer climates.

Reflective questions

  • How can we develop in learners an understanding of the interdependence between people, the environment, and the impacts of actions, both local and global?
  • How can we motivate learners to appreciate and celebrate the diversity of Scotland’s history, culture and heritage and engage with other cultures and traditions around the world?