What is climate change and how will it affect our city? Help to future proof our planet through fun activities that investigate how we can respond to climate change.

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Risk analysis and management information (RAMS) will be sent out once a programme booking is confirmed. If you require this at any other stage please email LTA@ccc.govt.nz or contact us(external link).

Programme overview

Year level 5 to 13
Curriculum Level 2 to 8
Availability Year-round
Times 9.30am to 12noon or 12.15pm to 2.30pm
Site Ōtākaro River, corner of Manchester Street and Cambridge Terrace.
Cost Free
Number of students Maximum of 35
Special requirements  None

Key concepts

  • Climate change
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Sustainability
  • Mitigation
  • Adaptations

Lesson description

What is climate change and how will it affect our city?

Help to future proof our planet through fun activities that investigate how we can respond to climate change.

Students will learn about the role of transport, energy, food, and clothing, and leave the programme feeling empowered to make a difference.

Learning outcomes

We are learning to:

  • Explain the difference between the greenhouse effect and the enhanced greenhouse effect.
  • Understand that greenhouse gases stay in the atmosphere and can change the climate in harmful ways.
  • Identify key human actions that are causing climate change.
  • Name the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Christchurch.
  • Identify the local effects of climate change.
  • Identify key actions we can take to reduce emissions in the key areas of transport, energy use, agriculture, and consumerism.
  • Explain how carbon sinks can store carbon.

Key competencies

Using language, symbols and texts

Students will use oral, written, and visual texts to understand key terms.


Students will use creative, critical, and metacognitive processes to consider the consequence and real-life meanings of climate change.

Managing self

Students will be encouraged to manage themselves both in groups and independently.

Participating and contributing

Students will problem-solve to come up with solutions to tasks.

Relating to others

Students will be expected to work together in different grouping arrangements and to maintain effective interactions with their peers in a range of contexts offered through a variety of activities.

Future focus

Sustainability: Exploring the long term impact of social, cultural, scientific, technological, economic or political practices on society and the environment.

Citizenship: Exploring what it means to be a citizen and to contribute to the development and wellbeing of society

Achievement objectives

Curriculum area Strand and level Objective
Nature of Science
Levels 3 to 8
Investigating in science
Communicating in science
Participating and contributing
Living  World
Levels 3 to 8
Life processes
Planet Earth and Beyond
Level 3 to 8
Earth systems
Interacting systems
Social Sciences
Tikanga ā-Iwi 
Levels 3 to 5 Social studies
Levels 6 to 8 Geography

NCEA standards

Level 1

Subject Standard
Agricultural and horticultural science 1.5  AS90160
Chemistry 1.3 AS90932
Geography 1.3 AS91009
1.6 AS91012
1.7 AS91013
1.8 AS91014
Science 1.6  AS90945
1.12 AS90951
1.14 AS90953
Social Studies 1.4 AS91042
1.5 AS91043

Level 2

Subject Standard
Agricultural and horticultural science 2.10 AS91298
Earth and space science 2.2 AS91188
2.3 AS91189
2.5 AS91191
Education for sustainability 2.1 AS90810
2.2 AS90811
2.3 AS90813
2.6 AS90814
2.4 AS91733
2.5 AS91734
Geography 2.6 AS91245
2.7 AS91246
2.8 AS91247
Social studies 2.4 AS91282
2.5 AS91283

Level 3

Subject Standard
Agricultural and horticultural science 3.5 AS91532
Business studies 3.6 AS90848
Chemistry 3.3 AS91389
Earth and space science 3.2 AS91411
3.5 AS91414
Education for sustainability 3.1 AS90828
3.4 AS90831
3.2 AS91735
3.3 AS91736
Geography 3.3 AS91428
3.6 AS91431
3.7 AS91432
3.8 AS91433
Social studies 3.1 AS91596
3.4 AS91599
3.5 AS91600