Climate Change and Animals

In Climate Change & Animals, students will briefly recap the science behind the greenhouse effect. They will discover how our changing climate impacts animals, including humans, as well as their habitats around the world. Through activities and investigations, students will explore the issues facing animals in different habitats and focus on a case study highlighting what ZSL scientists are doing to help. Students will also understand what actions they can take to reduce their carbon footprint.

Coral reefs in the Maldives

Key Stage: KS3 and KS4

Duration: 45-55 minutes

Capactity: 35 students

Availability: 10:30, 11:30 & 12:30, Mon-Fri during term time


KS3 National Curriculum and KS4 Specification Links:

Links to Working Scientifically, Biology, Chemistry and Geography. Please click the following links for more details: PDF icon KS3 curriculum links (331.72 KB)PDF icon KS4 Curriculum Links (580.8 KB)


Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Recall the science behind the greenhouse effect and give examples of how humans ‘enhance’ the greenhouse effect
  • Discuss a selection of common myths surrounding climate change
  • Give three examples of the risks of climate change on animals, including humans    
  • Give one example of a ZSL project that involves climate change research
  • Understand what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint                                                      

Many objects from the natural world used in this session are loaned to us by HM Revenue and Customs.


Additional Resources

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