Explore the challenges of extreme weather environments, especially on vulnerable populations and learn about passive design solutions.
Students will explore the challenges of extreme environments and weather events on Earth, and how it affects different populations. They'll also learn about passive design solutions with an interactive game.
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A heat dome occurs when the atmosphere traps hot ocean air like a lid or cap. Click the link to for a visual representation of heat domes.
Scientists agree that extreme weather events like heat domes will be more common as the climate continues to change. Past events have shown that certain populations are more vulnerable to extreme weather events, which can lead to illness or death. Social isolation, whether because of age, not knowing neighbours, not having family, not speaking the same language, stigma and many other factors, may mean that someone cannot reach out for help if they are struggling. Low-income communities often have fewer green spaces and shaded areas, making it harder to cool off in the summer. People with chronic illness and disabilities are more vulnerable when extreme weather events occur. Helping students to identify vulnerable populations in their communities and come up with plans on how to help them in an emergency, builds resilient communities, and resilient communities can recover from emergencies more quickly.
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Create a public service announcement to teach others about passive design solutions to extreme weather events.
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