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Sinead Lynch
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This visually stunning documentary takes a sweeping look at the Earth’s natural beauty and explores the impact of human activities on the environment, including climate change. I do feel like the children would have to be older and mature in order to use this as an effective resource.

Introduce the Documentary: Begin by providing a brief overview of the film “Home” and its purpose. Mention that the documentary aims to showcase the Earth’s incredible landscapes and shed light on how human actions are affecting the planet.

Capture Attention: Start with a striking image or a short clip from the documentary that highlights the Earth’s natural beauty. Use this to capture the students’ attention and emphasize the importance of understanding and protecting our environment.

Connect to Climate Change: Explain that the film “Home” delves into various environmental issues, including climate change. Mention that the documentary presents evidence of climate change and how it’s linked to human activities.

Key Climate Change Facts: Share significant climate change facts depicted in the documentary. Highlight statistics related to greenhouse gas emissions, global temperature rise, ice melt, and the impacts on ecosystems.

Visual Evidence: Use still images or short clips from the documentary to show examples of melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and the effects of extreme weather events. Visual evidence can often leave a strong impression and help students better understand the issues.

Human Impact: Discuss how human actions, such as burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and industrial activities, contribute to climate change. Connect these actions to the changes in the Earth’s climate that are portrayed in the documentary.

Consequences and Challenges: Explain the consequences of climate change depicted in the film, including disruptions to ecosystems, displacement of communities, and threats to biodiversity. Discuss the challenges that these changes pose to both the environment and human societies.

Solutions and Hope: Shift the focus to solutions and actions that individuals, communities, and governments can take to address climate change. Highlight examples of renewable energy adoption, sustainable practices, and international cooperation.

Discussion and Reflection: Engage the students in a discussion by asking open-ended questions. Encourage them to share their thoughts on the documentary’s message, the urgency of addressing climate change, and the potential for positive change.

Call to Action: Conclude by empowering students to take action in their own lives. Encourage them to make environmentally conscious choices, spread awareness, and become advocates for positive change.

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