Action on Climate Change

PLEASE NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS A SINGLE SESSION

 

Tutors Pre-reading:

The shipping industry is huge. Around 90% of global trade  – from our clothes and food to building materials and fossil fuels – is carried by sea in a merchant fleet of around 50,000 ships. The shipping industry’s carbon footprint is greater than any single country in the world with exception to very largest contributors such as China, the US, India, Russia and Japan.

There is one easy way to cut shipping’s carbon footprint right now – make ships go more slowly. A ship travelling 10% slower uses 30% less fuel, so emits 30% less CO2 (the overall saving is a bit less as more ships are needed to transport the same amount of goods if they travel slowly).

Other technologies can be introduced to cut carbon emissions further, including better ship design, cleaner fuels and even wind power!

The International Maritime Agency (IMO) who control and oversee international shipping, met in April 2018 and it was agreed to reduce emissions by at least half by 2050.  Unfortunately this is nowhere near the level of cuts needed to avoid the worst consequences of climate change (above 1.5C average warming). We need to have at least halved global emissions by 2030 and be at zero by 2050.

In May 2019, the IMO will meet again to decide what rules they will put in place to cut emissions before 2030. We know we need to cut emissions during the next decade to have a chance of avoiding the worst climate impacts – it’s vital that the IMO don’t delay action until after 2030.

This session is aimed at raising awareness of this issue and provides a practical solution for our students to lobbying for change.

YOU WILL NEED A PIECE OF A4 PAPER PER STUDENT, IF NOT SUPPLIED IN THE PDP FOLDERS 

LEARNING INTENTIONS

This session has been put in place to explore ways that young people can communicate and highlight their concerns on climate change and to explore methods by which they can take action to affect change.

 

 

BLOOMS

LEARNING INTENTIONS

SOME COULD

ANALYSE

…how can we solve the Climate change situation

MOST SHOULD

APPLY

…their understanding of how the shipping industry contribute to climate change

ALL WILL

UNDERSTAND

…what is meant by Co2 Emissions

Lesson Plan

Shipping Pictures PDF

SESSION 1 – Shipping SOS