Sport and Climate Change Classroom Resource 1,2,3,4

Sport and Climate Change Classroom Resource 1,2,3,4

1: What is Global Warming? 


  • to learn that the Earth’s climate system has five inter-connected parts
  • to learn that the thickness of the atmosphere regulates the amount of the Sun’s heat retained, and therefore regulates Global Mean Surface Temperature
  • to learn that carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and water vapour are the main greenhouse gases
  • to learn that greenhouse gases thicken the Earth’s atmosphere, causing less of the Sun’s heat to be re-radiated back into space and the Earth to warm
  • to learn that the Earth’s human population has increased rapidly since the industrial revolution, and that this increase is an underlying cause of global warming
  • to learn that the Earth cannot sustain the current rates of population increase to learn about the reasons for deforestation, and that deforestation impacts on animal habitats and on global warming


2. The Impacts of Global Warming


  • to learn that large areas of ice – shelves, glaciers and sea ice – are melting as a consequence of global warming
  • to learn about evaporating and condensing in relation to the water cycle
  • to learn that melting ice is causing sea levels to rise, and that rising sea levels are causing an increasing number of coastal flooding disasters
  • to learn that snow and ice reflects more of the sun’s heat than the darker land and sea surfaces underneath it, so that when snow and ice melt, the Earth absorbs more heat, contributing to global warming
  • to plan, design, conduct and draw conclusions from experiments to show that:

• melting ice increases the volume of water in a container

• darker surfaces absorb more heat than lighter ones

  • to learn that large amounts of carbon dioxide and methane are stored in permafrost and are released into the atmosphere when permafrost melts
  • to learn that global warming is:

• causing stronger storms, and about the damaging impact of such storms

• contributing to an increasing number of wildfires, and how wildfires contribute to further global warming

• impacting on nature, including seasonal patterns, ocean currents, crop growing, ecosystems – habitats and related food chains – and the extinctions of many species

  • to learn that a rapidly changing climate may result in new diseases and infestations


3: What Can We Do About Global Warming?


  • to learn why it is environmentally friendly to follow the principles of:

• reducing

• reusing/repurposing

• recycling

• repairing

• re-gifting

  • to relate environmentally-friendly principles to things children and their families:

• buy

• use/consume

• dispose of

  • under the headings:

• Food and Drink

• Water

• Household Products

• Energy in the Home

• Clothing

• Transport

• Waste Materials

  • to understand the connections between the application of environmentally friendly principles in the home, the emission of greenhouse gases, and global warming


4. Making Our Club Environmentally Friendly


  • to apply knowledge of environmentally-friendly principles to a local sports club and its stadium
  • to learn about the environmentally-friendly actions that sports clubs can take
  • to learn about and assess the environmentally-friendly actions taken by Premier League football clubs from their 2020 climate action reports