“The Global Goals have been introduced to the world. A 17-point plan to end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality. The Global Goals are the biggest attempt in the history of the human race to make the world a better place. A plan that 193 governments have agreed, a plan that the world wants and needs. A plan backed by leading business and organisations. A to-do-list for the planet that will only be achieved if everyone plays their part.”
Global sea level rose about 17 centimetres (6.7 inches) in the last century. The rate in the last decade, however, is nearly double that of the last century. source
The year 2019 was the hottest on record for Australia with the temperature reaching 1.52C above the long-term average. source
Carbon dioxide can stay in the atmosphere for nearly a century, so Earth will continue to warm in the coming decades. source
Humans light 85% of bushfires, and we do virtually nothing to stop it. source
Cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73% source
Sea-surface temperatures in the Australian region have warmed by more than 1°C since 1900. source
World Meteorological Organization (WMO): informative, interactive, challenging and fun with relevant up to date information, opportunities to connect and make a difference.
Green Facts: information and reports on current situations.
Australian Government – Department of the Environment: current news and data regarding Australia’s stance on all issues in the area of climate change.
Oxfam Australia: climate change hurts people. What do you know? What can you do?
World Wildlife Fund (Australia): information regarding the science of global warming and climate change, the impacts, and the solutions.
Australian Academy of Science: detailed, interesting information about a variety of environmental issues including how climate change will affect biodiversity in Australia and the impacts of rising sea levels.
Greenpeace International: “In 3 steps, here is what Paris can do – and what we need to do afterwards.” News that challenges your behaviour and assumptions.
Australian Conservation Foundation: current actions, events and ways to be involved and connected with the environment.
Climate Change in Australia: easy to navigate information with an option to make decisions in the Decision Tree.
Global Climate Change: learn more about the climate, how and why it is changing and how the climate changed in the past.
National Geographic: slideshow on the various ways we have impacted the world through climate change, also lots of interesting infographics.
Check out our YouTube playlist for some short videos on climate change
Choose your climate future: An interactive way to explore the effects from global warming.
Breathing Earth: a simulation of CO2 emissions, birth rate and death rate. (Requires flash)
Australian Greenhouse Calculator The Australian Greenhouse Calculator helps you explore how your lifestyle contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. (Needs flash)
Meat the Truth a documentary that examines an often ignored cause of climate change – intensive livestock production (72 mins).
Ted.com: a collection of TED Talks videos on climate change (secondary level).
A Way Forward – Facing Climate Change: explore the global impact of climate change and its devastating effects—and learn what scientists suggest in response—in this short documentary film from National Geographic and the UN Foundation (7 mins 43s).
Climate Change 101: basic information, and an easy experiment from the Smithsonian (USA). Suitable for upper primary and secondary (4½ mins).
Aries (The Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability) a selection of videos from around the world to stimulate debate on all things to do with sustainable development.
The Environmental Justice Foundation has films about the human impact of climate change.
The Four Friends of Fire and Climate Change a short animated video on how climate change will effect bushfire risk.
Learn about Sisters on the Planet (DVD is available from AFW).
Climate Action Hobart: you can join up and be empowered to adopt sustainable living practices.
Sea Shepherd: is an international, non-profit marine conservation organization that campaigns to defend, conserve and protect the world’s oceans.
Climate Action Network: by joining the Climate Action Network you will link into Australia’s biggest network of organisations working to confront the climate crisis.
350: building a global climate movement.
Australian Conservation Foundation: action for the environment.
Energyhog has tips and tricks for saving energy.
Christian Aid: international climate action.
Australian Youth Climate Coalition: A movement of young people who are fighting for climate justice through education and campaigns.
Sustainable Living Tasmania: Provides information to help people live in vibrant, healthy communities that are prepared for the challenges of the future.
The World Wildlife Fund (Australia): WWF’s global mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
Greenpeace: have been campaigning for a green and peaceful future for 40 years.
Friends of the Earth: promote solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.
Other learning resources
A Fairer World has posters, classroom activities, books, DVDs and web links on global issues such as climate change and sustainability. Contact us for a complete list of resources available free or on loan to members.