Farming the Future

Submitted by Sukaina Bharwani | published 25th Mar 2011 | last updated 30th Mar 2011

Cover of Farming the Future

Cover of Farming the Future

Maureen Biermann and Chelsea Hanchett, graduate students in Geography at the Pennsylvania State University, created an educational activity book for their final project in GEOG 497U: Living on the Margins. The seminar was led by two faculty members from The Alliance for Earth Sciences, Engineering, and Development in Africa (AESEDA) and the PSU Department of Geography, Dr. Petra Tschakert and Dr. Robert Crane. Its purpose was to explore issues of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. Instead of final papers, the students' main output was a series of learning tools that could be used by marginalized populations in Africa to prepare for and adapt to uncertain future climate conditions.

The book, titled Farming the Future: An Educational Tool for Anticipating and Adapting to Climate Change, features a husband and wife who are facing changes in their livelihood due to climate change. They have several responses available to these changes; readers are asked to assist the main characters in decision making throughout the book. Several outcomes are possible, depending on the choices the readers make for the characters. The process of choosing a path for the characters illustrates the processes involved in anticipatory thinking and adaptation. Directions, discussion guide, and related activities are provided in the book for a facilitator's use. The book is suitable for use by young adults and beyond.

Download Farming the Future: An Educational Tool for Anticipating and Adapting to Climate Change Activity Book from here

 

See Also

Penn State University

Living on the Margins

Children's learning tool - Climatching (A board game for exploring climate change impacts; for children.)

Facing Climate Change in Jomoro (An activity proposal for social scientists doing applied research in Jomoro, Ghana)

Fact Sheet for Kwahu North (A fact sheet for policy makers in Kwahu North District, Ghana)

 

External Links

Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University

The Alliance for Earth Sciences, Engineering, and Development in Africa (AESEDA)