How can we adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change on our environmental, social, and economic resources?
We can respond in a variety of ways to influence how our changing climate will affect us and the natural and built environments on which we depend. Our responses fall into two broad categories: mitigation and adaptation.
Mitigation refers to the steps we take to slow down the rate of climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, while adaptation refers to the ways we prepare for and react to changes in our climate to reduce the risks posed by those changes.
To help students better understand the complexities of climate science, watch the following animated video with your class, then discuss specific actions that humans can take as individuals and a society to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change.