Prevent or react?
Get two pieces of paper. Write “prevent” (stop something from happening) on one piece and “react” (deal with something after it has happened) on the other. Put these pieces of paper on opposite sides of the room.
Read this list:
- Move to your PREVENT piece of paper. Come up with all of the reasons why it wouldbe good to prevent the things on the list before they happen. For example: it would be good to prevent breaking a leg so you don’t get hurt. Write your ideas down.
- Move to your REACT piece of paper. Come up with all of the reasons why it would be good to react to the things on the list after they happen. For example: it would be good to react to tooth decay so it doesn’t spread to other teeth. Write your ideas down.
- Look at your pieces of paper. Is it better to prevent something before it happens or better to react to it afterwards? Move to the “prevent” or “react” side of the room and give your opinion.
- Now, think about extreme-weather events. Make a list of reasons why “preventing extreme-weather events is better” and then a list of reasons why “reacting to extreme-weather events is better”.
- Decide your opinion. What do you think? Try to give answers that relate back to the first examples. For example: it might be good to prevent extreme-weather events so people don’t get hurt.
This session will focus on how people have responded to extreme-weather events by
making adaptations (changes) to their lives or environment. The adaptations might be
direct reactions to extreme-weather events, preventative actions or both.
After you watch each adaptation, decide which extreme-weather event it tackles.
Assess the adaptations
Judge which adaptation is best for which purpose. Complete the poll below to show what you think.
Pick some of the following questions to think about or discuss:
- Which adaptations are easy to judge if they have been effective? Which ones are hard to judge?
- How should we judge whether an adaptation is good? For example: is an adaptation good because it is easy? What’s the most important factor from the last activity?
- Should we force countries to do certain things or should we allow countries to come up with their own ideas?
Over to you!
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