Climate Change and the Environment Investigation: Analysing

Analyse data and information

To help you make sense of the data that you have collected you need to collate and graph it. Tallies (a group of four vertical lines and a diagonal line, for example,) are a useful way to collate your data. Graphs make it easy for you to interpret the data that you have collected. Spreadsheet software such as Microsoft's Excel and websites such as Create-a-graph can help you to display the data quickly and easily so that you can interpret the results.

  1. You might like to create graphs that show:

    • Knowledge of climate-saving strategies in the home and/or school
    • Actual climate-saving strategies being used in the home and/or school
    • Reasons for people taking action on the issue of climate change
    • Reasons for people not taking action on the issue of climate change.

    What trends do the graphs reveal? Is there a need for an education campaign around climate-saving strategies in order to protect the environment?

  2. Make a list of the trends in your learning journal. Explain why you believe whether or not there is a need for a climate change education campaign at your school. Remember to back up your claims with evidence, for example: 'Only 3 out of 10 people know that leaving the school computers on stand-by mode unnecessarily uses electricity which causes greenhouse gases and climate change. Out of those three people, only one person turns the computers off at the power point at the end of the day.'

Report the findings

  1. Prepare a report about the need for a climate change education campaign. In your report:

    • Explain what climate change is, what causes the climate to change, list some of the activities that cause climate change and explain the effects of climate change on our planet
    • Report on the survey results using the evidence you have collected
    • Outline benefits for a climate change education campaign such as:

      • reducing greenhouse gas emissions helps the environment
      • reducing the amount of electricity the school uses saves money that can be used for other things.

Present your report to your teachers, Principal, Assistant Principal, Parents' Club and/or School Council.

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