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1st SAUCE programme at Roskilde University

03.05.2010 - 07.05.2010

Purpose of the programme

The purpose of the training program is to introduce children to the basic components of the climate problem and illustrate how problems can be solved by reorganization of production and consumption patterns.

Climate issue basic elements

The climate problem can be viewed as having three basic elements: causes, consequences and potential solutions. Every day at the course will be related to these three basic elements.

The cause of the climate problem:The climate problem is caused by emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases retain solar radiation and cause the global average temperature to rise. This phenomenon is called the greenhouse effect. The primary reason for the increase in concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is the burning of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas. The largest source of emissions is energy production. In Denmark, the emissions are particularly high as the energy system is mainly based on coal-fired power plants.

Consequences: The consequences of global warming many and varied. When scientists talk about global warming they refers to an average temperature of the globe, but in reality, different continents and regions will face very different impacts of global warming. Climate change also affects a wide variety of systems and circuits, such as ocean currents, rainfall, biodiversity etc.

Solutions: The solutions are typically divided into two main categories: mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation means the reduction, and deals with the activities that aim at preventing further emissions of greenhouse gasses. Mitigation can be achieved by phasing out the burning of fossil fuels to the benefit of renewable energy sources or by reducing emissions through changed consumption patterns. Adaptation deals with how we adapt our societies to the impact global warming brings.

Programme

Each day begins with an explanation of the climate problem as a basis to understand the themes in subsequent sessions. The introduction is followed by two thematic sessions in which the pupils will be given the opportunity to dig deeper into a specific top related to climate and energy. The thematic sessions varies from day to day. The thematic session’s covers a wide range of topics such as renewable energy sources, energy savings, global climate changes, transport, housing etc. The programme also includes a climate show in which a group of actors will present a special event in order to facilitate an alternative way of teaching climate and energy.

The structure of the programme makes it possible for the teachers to select a day in which the topic of the thematic sessions can be integrated into the ongoing teaching activities at the schools. Hopefully the teachers will use this opportunity to apply the thematic sessions as examples to illustrate how climate and energy issues relate the curriculum at the primary schools (mainly focussed on the nature/technique curriculum).

The University will furthermore host an exhibition on climate technologies, the foyer, which can be visited after the sessions. The exhibition will have staff available to answer questions from teachers and pupils.

Roskilde programme details

Note: the programme was initially planned to be held in October 2009. Due to the coincidence with the months running up to the COP15 in Copenhagen, schools were offered a overly large variety of activities. As a consequence, enrollment for the SAUCE programme was too low and the programme was postponed to be held in May 2010.

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