This topic takes on average 45 minutes to read.
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Global warming and climate change have lots of consequences.
For example, they mean that animals are losing their natural living spaces, the weather is becoming more extreme and even that humans don’t have enough food and water in some countries.
Global warming can also mean that some medicines stop working and that some diseases happen more often.
For example, increased air pollution is causing an increase in asthma, which is a disease associated with breathing.
Also, antibiotics are the medicines that Doctors can give to clear infections. Scientists have shown that increased air pollution can make antibiotics stop working for some infections, meaning that scientists need to find new antibiotics instead. This is called antimicrobial resistance. Antimicrobial resistance is not just because of global warming, but recent work has shown global warming to be a contributory factor.
Humans that live in poorer countries experience these effects of global warming the most, even though they add less greenhouse gases to the atmosphere than richer countries.
There are many consequences of global warming, which each section in the rest of this climate change subject will cover.
There are things we can do to help though!
Teacher and parent information: you can find out more about delivering climate change education with sensitivity, in the managing climate anxiety resource provided by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Teachers and/or pupils can read the story themselves by opening the link below left and clicking through the interactive PDF. Alternatively, watch and listen to the story being narrated by clicking on the video link below right.
Complete the Ellie the Climate Champion worksheet to help Ellie think of ways that she can continue to save the planet!