The website aims to help students make the link between local and global issues. It will be complemented by a learning pack and CD-ROMs which will be released to schools next year.
Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing the people of Wales and the world in which we all live today.
Wales’ ecological footprint is the lowest of all the UK regions. But as a nation we are still using three planets worth of the earths resources so I am delighted to see this resource being developed for children and young people across Wales.
Climate Change Wales builds on the success of the CD-ROMs "Your World Your Choice” and “Sea Empress”. The bilingual web based resource covers all aspects of Climate Change in Wales for students in Key Stages 1-4.
The site features interactive classrooms, activities and content written by subject specialists. There is a "Message Tree" for younger pupils to express themselves, and a flood map application for older students to investigate the impacts of sea level rise caused by climate change.
Content was supplied by a range of bodies including National Museum Wales, the RSPB, and the Countryside Commission for Wales and it has been trialled in a number of schools.
It’s crucial that we involve young people in fighting the threats of climate change. That is why I will soon be appointing Climate Change Champions for Wales. These young people aged between 11 and 18 will spread the word about what we need to do to tackle climate change in their local communities. They will meet decision-makers and have unique opportunities to develop new skills.
The address for the website is www.climatechangewales.org.uk
28 December 2007