Climate Change Web Quest


This is the question that you will be answering during the course of the WebQuest. 

How can we alleviate the factors of climate change?

During this web quest you will face different scenarios which will help you to have a greater understanding of climate change, the role you play, and the choices we must make to change or maintain the trajectory we are currently on. 




You will complete a number of tasks as you answer the overarching questions of how climate change can be tackled. This project will provide you with the information you need to create and complete an action project.  As you progress through each section, you will need to choose which section is the most interesting to you.

The sections are:

  1. Stratospheric ozone depletion
  2. Greenhouse effect
  3. Ocean warming
  4. Ocean acidification
  5. Invasive species
  6. Endangered species
  7. Human impacts on biodiversity.

The final assignment is explained in the conclusion tab. 

A link to the project's digital library of resources can be found here





Link to Digital Repository

(You will need the password: APES 2021)

Section One:- Stratosphere Ozone Depletion

Phase 1: Watch the following videos, cross-referencing those with chapter 20 of your textbook before answering the questions on the worksheet.  All links open to a new window.

Phase 2: Using the information you have learned regarding ozone depletion, research one of the following topics:

  1.  Skin cancer
  2. CFCs, HFCs and ozone depletion.
  3. The effects of pollution on different levels of the atmosphere .

Create some form of informational (e.g. a poster, a flyer or a brochure) creating awareness of the problem.

Phase 3: Consider this topic for the capstone social action project

Section Two: Greenhouse Effect

Phase 1:

  1. Attend the teaching session in class.
  2. Using the Phet Simulation, students will learn about the greenhouse effect. 
  3. Complete the assigned worksheet in Google Classroom showing your understanding of the topic.

Phase 2: Your options to show learning include:

  1. Creating a Quizlet of 10 questions and answers
  2. Writing an essay explaining what the greenhouse effect is
  3. Writing a presentation and recording a teaching session on the topic

Phase 3: Consider this topic for capstone social action project

Section Three: Ocean Warming

Phase 1: Learn the details of ocean warming by listening to today's lesson.

Phase 2:

  1. Write a newspaper article explaining how global climate change is heating the ocean.
  2. Draw a picture (Electronic or by hand) showing ocean warming and climate change. You can use this as an example. Make sure you draw, label, and explain the picture. 
  3. Research an aquatic species that is being impacted by ocean warming and explain how it is being impacted. Include any appropriate statistics. 

Phase 3: Consider this topic for capstone social action project

Section Four: Ocean acidification

Phase 1:Teaching on ocean acidification via PowerPoint and watch The Science of Climate Change

Phase 2:

  1. Create a diagram (electronic or by hand) to show the process and results of acidification
  2. Create a TikTok or other short video to show the science of ocean acidification
  3. Create a timeline showing the change of CO2 in the ocean

Phase 3: Consider this topic for capstone social action project

Section Five: Invasive Species

Phase 1: Lecture about Invasive Species as a result of climate change

Phase 2: Research California's invasive species. Find one animal or plant that interests you and create a brochure about this organism.

Include: original location, current location and numbers, what impact this species has, what the government requires you to do if you encounter this species (for example, if you encounter a nutria, you are asked to catch it, report it, and then keep it. Include taxonomy, pictures and other information you deem important and interesting. You can use CanvaAdobe SparkVenngageVisme, or other similar website. If you choose to create the brochure by hand, please be sure to take photographs of your product and upload to Google Classroom.

Phase 3: Consider this topic for capstone social action project

Section Six: Endangered Species

Phase 1: Get the knowledge by lecture and using your textbook. Go to and see if your animal has its own channel. 

Phase 2:

  1. Find a species that is endangered due to climate change. Research this species. 
  2. Create some form of informational about this species. You can choose how you wish to represent this information - you have carte blanche. 
  3. Ensure you include:
    1. taxonomy
    2. numbers of animal/plant left
    3. location where the animal usually lives - acknowledgement if that location has changed due to climate warming
    4. pictures (more than 2)
    5. what is killing this organism, and is this related to climate change?
    6. fun facts, stories or information about this organism.

Phase 3: Consider this topic for capstone social action project

Section Seven: Human Impacts on Biodiversity

Phase 1: Learn the information by lecture and textbook.

Phase 2: Create a biome using any means you choose. Your biome should show the interconnectedness of the species found there. You could use Switchzoo or another website of your choosing. 

Phase 3: Consider this topic for capstone social action project

Section Eight -  Capstone: Action project.

  1. Use the information above to choose your favorite topic.
  2. Create a social action project relating to this topic.
    1. A social action project helps students identify, plan and carry out projects to solve problems within schools, communities or further afield. Your challenge is to be an active citizen engaging in responsible action and thoughtful and cooperative behavior.
  3. Suggestions of social action projects include:
    1. fasting for a day
    2. not using electricity or technology for a day
    3. not using any fossil fuels or energy for a day
    4. finding and presenting ways to use less paper
    5. finding and presenting ways to use less non-renewable resources
    6. making a product to help other people - see Climate Action Project for more ideas.

Resource Library






# 10-8 7-5 4-2 1-0 Score
Presentation of content Exceptional presentation with easy to read and understand content Well done but not exceptional Missing content or has mistakes Lacking detail or incorrect Max 10
Quality of content Excellent quality and includes all content Good content but missing some aspects Missing information or some is incorrect Lots of missing or incorrect content Max 10
Accuracy of Detail All details are accurate and information is uptodate Information is outdated or slightly incorrect Information is incorrect Lack of information Max 10
Creativity Assignments is creative and well put together Work is creative but not exceptional Work lacks creativity No creativity shown Max 10

Total Score: 40




This web quest has been written to enable learning for students in the AP Environmental sciences program learn about the effects of global climate change. 

The project was written from a scientific point of view and any perceived opinions are not those of the author. It is, however, the hope of the author that people completing this assignment are challenged to make good decisions regarding their decisions on how to live on our planet.

We only have one Earth... let's do our best to make it last!

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