Climate Literacy: Climate Change Denial And Disinformation

Climate Literacy: Climate Change Denial And Disinformation

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  • Secondary
  • Year 10
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students explore climate denialism and the myths often presented about climate change. They explore the facts that bust these myths, look at the implications of climate denialism on meeting the challenges of climate change, and create a communication piece to address climate disinformation.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the key ideas about climate change
  • recognise how climate denialism can affect environmental action.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • analyse articles about climate denial and disinformation
  • describe actions to address climate denialism and disinformation.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Climate Change Factsheet
Talking About Climate Change Factsheet

Lesson details


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • creative thinking
  • critical thinking
  • collaboration
  • communication
  • community engagement

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content description:

Year 10 Geography:

  • The environmental world views of people and their implications for environmental management (AC9HG10K02)
  • Create descriptions, explanations and responses, using geographical knowledge and geographical tools as appropriate, and concepts and terms that incorporate and acknowledge research findings (AC9HG10S06)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy, Numeracy, Personal and Social Capability

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 10 Geography achievement standards: Students explain the effects of human activity on environments, and the effect of environments on human activity, over time. They evaluate the implications of a distribution.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

  • Target 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

Resources Required

  • Climate Change Definitions
  • Climate Change Fact Sheet - optional
  • Devices capable of creating and editing a short video (e.g. phones or iPads)
  • Devices with internet access for students to conduct research
  • Myths about Climate Change
  • Student Worksheet - one copy for each student
  • Teacher support - Talking About Climate Change Fact Sheet.

Resources can be found in the Lesson Plan above.

Additional Info

These lessons draw on concepts from the Carbon Almanac.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - guide class discussion and lead students in independent and group activities.

Related Professional Learning

How To Teach Sustainability With Hope 

Quick Summary: This course will help you find out how to bring hope to challenging, upsetting or worrying topics around sustainability.

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