Everyday Stories of Climate Change - Educator Guide and Graphic Novel

Added to the Climate Adaptation Training Theme by Gina Ziervogel from UCT
Everyday Stories of Climate Change - Educator Guide and Graphic Novel

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Explore the Educator guide, which supports the Everyday Stories graphic novel for secondary school age children and includes examples from Bangladesh, South Africa, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, and Barbuda to discover how low-income families experience climate change, and their strategies to adapt and recover.

Read the complete article on weADAPT: https://www.weadapt.org/knowledge-base/climate-adaptation-training/everyday-stories-of-climate-change-educator-guide 

Sou, G., Risha, A.N., Sims, C., and Ziervogel, G. (2022). Everyday Stories of Climate Change. RMIT University and The University of Manchester.

Who would find it useful?

Secondary school teachers teaching climate change as a topic. 

Learning outcomes

Students should have and secondary school level understanding of the following questions: 


  • What is climate change?
  • Does climate change affect all regions on Earth equally?
  • What kind of map is displayed on the teacher’s wall? What is its significance?


  • How does climate change impact the everyday lives of families? Extension: Categorise the impacts into social, economic, political, cultural, environmental and psychological; short and long-term.
  • How and why do different characters experience climate change impacts differently? You might like to create a table with different rows to represent gender, age, disability, race, ethnicity.
  • Looking at your answers from question 1, evaluate which factor/s have the greatest impact on families.


  • Define the difference between climate change adaptation, and recovery from climate change impacts.
    Describe how people adapt to and recover from climate change in Bangladesh, South Africa, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, and Barbuda.
  • Outline the resources families used to adapt to and recover from climate change.
    Explain some of the challenges that the families faced when trying to put in place sustainable climate change adaptation measures.


  • Identify who is responsible for climate change adaptation and recovery across the five neighbourhoods.
  • Suggest how can the families collaborate with other families in the neighbourhood to better adapt and recover.
  • Discuss how local, national and foreign governments might better support low-income families to adapt to climate change and recover from its impacts.


  • How does the comic’s portrayal of people impacted by climate change compare to that in mainstream media representations?
  • If you created a comic about climate change, who would be your main characters? Why?
  • If you created a comic about climate change, what would you like the reader to take away from it? Why?

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Go to the profile of Alan J. Hesse
over 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing this resource @Flavia Martinelli. I had come across it before and I believe it is a rare example of fact-based storytelling that truly reflects Global South perspectives. I too create graphic novels about climate change and in fact I'm working on my 5th one right now, which is 100% focused on Brazil. If interested I'd love to run it past you at some point!  

Go to the profile of Flavia Martinelli
over 1 year ago

Hi, Alan, yeah, I would love to take a look in your work about Brazil! Thanks :)

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
over 1 year ago

Thank you for sharing, Flávia! I have added the target audience of this resources and the learning objectives to your post. How have you used this resource in your work? Or how have you seen other conservationists apply it?

Thanks again! 

Go to the profile of Flavia Martinelli
over 1 year ago

Thanks, Thirza! I haven't used yet.. I received in a newsletter from work, but this year I'll contribute to a internal capacity building of WWF-Brazil about climate change, so I'll dive in it and probably it will be useful! 

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
over 1 year ago

Very interesting to hear! I look forward to hearing how it went and what useful lessons learned you are able to share with us afterwards, if applicable :) 

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
over 1 year ago

This resource may also be of interest to you @Aiita Joshua Apamaku! Let's schedule that catch-up soon :)