Students will learn that there are no clear and easy policy answers- there are no policies that meet all potential criteria for ‘good’ climate change policy. Students will learn to think critically about climate policy options when they read about them in the media, and when presented by governments and stakeholders as preferred policy solutions.
Students will understand policy in the context of Indigenous relations. Students will be able to think critically about engagement when designing policies. Students will learn about Indigenous youth engagement and empowerment in shaping a low carbon future. Students learn about the medicine wheel, a foundational framework used by many Indigenous nations to recognize balance, interconnectedness, and wholeness of well-being.
Students will learn about the different climate policy options. Students will learn that all climate change policy tools have co-benefits and tradeoffs, and that policy design often requires a weighing of co-benefits and tradeoffs. Students will understand how climate policies have been implemented in different jurisdictions, and the successes and challenges in implementation.
Students will explore the evolution of climate science. They will learn about key events in the history of climate study and explore the debate around climate science denial.
Learn about the concept of externalities, market failures and need for government intervention. Understand how climate change is a negative externality, and explore the need for sustainable economic growth.
Students will explore the impacts of climate change in Canada and around the world. Students will learn about the predicted impacts under different temperature increase scenarios.
Students will understand Canada’s historic and current emissions relative to other countries. Students will explore and answer the question “Considering Canada’s emissions relative to other countries, why should Canada act on climate change?."
Students will explore and understand the effects of the climate change crisis from different perspectives. Starting from a global overview, to national and then to a local perspective, students will notice the change in scope and approach towards tackling the climate crisis.
Students will understand what is climate policy. Students will understand how policy can regulate negative externalities in a market. Students will learn about Canadian climate policies and laws.
Students will understand the concept of negative externalities and climate change as a negative externality. Students will explore the need for government intervention and collective action to address a climate change.