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This comic grabbed my attention because it uses humor to illustrate the various stakeholders involved in making decisions related to climate change policy (e.g. scientists, policy makers, politicians, economists, etc.). It also demonstrates the pitfalls of waiting for consensus among these stakeholders and emphasizes that time is of the essence when it comes to environmental change policy. This comic specifically relates to Ontario’s Grade 7 Interactions in the Environment topic (Understanding Life Systems strand), where one of the big ideas is that humans must be aware of the impact of their activities on the environment and try to control them. Specific expectation 1.2 requires the students to analyze the costs and benefits of selected strategies for protecting the environment.

This comic could be the catalyst for a discussion surrounding the issue of carbon emission reduction policies (i.e. carbon tax, cap-and-trade), and whether this policy approach alone is:

  1. feasible,
  2. realistic, and
  3. effective for adequately addressing climate change.

Arctic Circle comic

Ontario Ministry of Education. (2007). The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8- Science and Technology.

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