Climate Change is About…
Climate change is no longer a distant or abstract threat. All over the planet the impacts of extreme weather events related to climate change are being seen and felt with increasing ferocity and increasingly serious consequences for human society. As the climate changes it is altering some fundamental systems and relationships on planet earth. One of those systems is the presence, availability and distribution of water. This most precious of natural resources has been the key to how we have organised human civilization for millennia. As it becomes more and more unpredictable, for example though repeated and prolonged bouts of drought or flooding, or the disappearance of glaciers and ice caps that not only provide drinking water and irrigation but play an essential role in regulating the planet’s climatic behaviour, it presents us with enormous challenges. For human beings, climate change is very much about water.
A Resource for Teachers, Learners and Activists
The Democracy Center has been based in Bolivia for nearly fifteen years. Over that time we have sought to communicate the impacts of global issues as they are experienced on the ground here, dating back to 2000 and the now-famous Cochabamba Water Revolt. Today no story from Bolivia is more urgent than how climate change is changing the country’s destiny by altering, in deep and powerful ways, its fragile relationship with water. Floods, droughts and glacier loss are taking their toll in terms of human lives, livestock, housing, infrastructure, health…We made this website to help spread this story, and to aid understanding of what climate change means when it hits a vulnerable population.
We have designed this resource to be used in a range of settings. Individual researchers will hopefully find the case studies and accompanying analysis useful to complement their work. We have also produced a Teaching and Activities Guide to be used alongside the website in educational settings – both formal and informal – in order to enable a deeper and more creative exploration of the material available here. You can read more about this in the Climate Classroom section of the site, where you can also download the Guide. Finally, as well as being informative and raising awareness about climate change in Bolivia and globally, it is our great hope that climate activists, wherever they are based, find this project useful for adding power to their campaigning activities. However you choose to make use of this site, we always love to hear from you, including any suggestions you have of how to make it better. Please write to email@example.com.
Using the Site
The material can be followed in a chronological order, and projected as a presentation. It also has discrete chapters that can be studied as individual elements. To navigate the material chronologically use the ‘previous’ and ‘next’ links below each entry. To access the different chapters use the ‘Chapters’ dropdown menu or click on the images in the slider above. The ‘Jump to’ menu to the right displays all the entries for quick access. Links to more in-depth explanations are given at various points in the material (look for ‘extended analysis’), and all multimedia content has been categorized separately for easy access. Also don’t forget to check out the Links and Resources sections for lots of ideas about where to go for further information.
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