Classroom activity: Climate Health Impact
This issue's activity explores the effects of climate change on the world's population.
Climate Health Impact is a simulation that introduces the player to these effects: the student must sustain the health of the global community by implementing strategies and carrying out research in order to prevent disease and combat the effects of global warming.
Within the simulation the student will take charge of all medical and research decisions related to the health effects of climate change.
By researching various diseases that may be spread as the result of climate change, students will make decisions such as how to improve medical facilities and set policies for adapting to better cope with the changing climate. Students can research specific diseases, learn their causes and effects, and find out how they can be dealt with and prevented. The outcome of the game is based on the student's ability to prevent a global climate crisis (casualties, disease outbreaks, etc).
Teacher notes [Word 56KB] explain how the game works and how to structure the lesson.
A presentation [PowerPoint 13MB] introduces the game to students.
Once the students have completed the game they should complete the task described in the homework sheet [PDF 140KB].