What is a global warming project? For some people the controversy surrounding global warming and its possible effect on our planet provide the perfect context for such a project, where students learn more about the various scientific facts and arguments supporting either side. Others would see it as a chance to demonstrate how one can use science and reason to challenge an existing belief. Still others view it as a valuable opportunity to get past the arguments, so that they can make a more informed decision on what is real and what is not.
There are many reasons why someone might want to participate in a global warming project, whether it be to learn more about the subject, to build up their science knowledge or just to have fun. If you want to get started, all that’s required is to find a local museum with an area where you can participate. That’s because most of the exhibits you’ll find there are on global warming, although some may cover other environmental topics as well. It’s worth taking your time to search around to see which exhibits provide the most interesting and informative content. Once you find several that interest you the best, you can move on to building your own “Global Warming Museum”.
One of the first things you’ll need to do, before you even attempt the project, is to gather some relevant data. This includes gathering measurements of air temperature, land temperature and sea level. All these data are important in determining how global temperatures are changing.
Next, you’ll need to take your samples of surface and satellite temperatures. Take a piece of cardboard or a weather balloon and line it with tape. Keep in mind that the temperature you take should be as constant as possible, and you should take more than one measurement. This allows you to different average readings over time. As a general rule you should take the upper-hand reading and the bottom-most reading.
When you have the surface and satellite readings, you’ll need a way to combine them into an average. To do this, take all three readings and average them together. Then you should average the remaining readings, but first you should plot the difference between them. This is called a slope line. This tells you roughly how much of the Earth’s temperature is rising above the atmosphere, and what part of the Earth is experiencing cold air.
Now plot the slope line on a graph. You should be able to see clearly where the high-water point and the lowest water level are. Now take the average of all three slopes. This tells you roughly how much warmer the Earth is getting. You should also take note that these temperatures will generally be higher near the equator and lower near the poles.
Another part of your project should be to figure out exactly how much money we are spending to cool the planet down. Look at what it costs to build power plants to generate electricity. If you don’t like the power generated, you can reduce the consumption of power. This is another important part of the global warming “carbon footprint.”
At the end of your project, you will be ready to take action. Start making calls to your politicians and tell them that you won’t pay the electric company as much as you should. Tell them that the Earth will continue to warm even if we stop our wasteful consumption of energy and do something about it now. Explain the global warming project to them in as much detail as possible. Make sure they hear your concerns and act on them quickly.