Study material: Climate

Beyond the Fossil Era

Study material for secondary school about the climate transition towards a fossil-free society.

Welcome to the year 2053!

Allow the pupils to imagine a future where the climate targets have been reached. Let them look back from the future by visiting a museum of the fossil era and create their own contributions to the exhibition.

Beyond the Fossil Era offers study material aimed at stimulating discussion and creativity around climate change and the transition towards a more sustainable society. Everything you need can be found on this page!

This study material is also available in Swedish.

Time required: Approximately three lessons, or one thematic day.

Subjects: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Technology, History, Social Studies, Swedish, English, Art.

Required pre-knowledge

More about Beyond the Fossil Era

Teacher's guide

The three steps take you through the work with Beyond the Fossil Era.

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1. Time travel to year 2053

Introduce the work by placing the pupils in the future. Here are three different suggestions for ways to time travel to year 2053. Watch a short film, perform a time travel ceremony or read an opening speech for the fossil museum.

2. Visit the Fossil Museum

Get to know the stories from the fossil era and the transition to a fossil-free society. Start together and then continue in smaller groups. The pupils also get to reflect on what forces and tools for change can be found in the stories.

3. Create your own stories

What is missing in the museum? It is time for the pupils to make their contributions to your very own exhibition presented in a format of your choice. Here are instructions for the pupils, and suggestions of concluding reflections and ways to present your work.

The Fossil Museum

Click on an object to read the story behind it.

Membership card (2012)

Loyalty programme for air travel.

Marsh gentian (2019)

Plant common in restored wetlands.

Black coal (2020)

Fossil fuel from Värtaverket.

Artificial grass (2026)

Fake grass made from oil.

Flag of the Maldives (2026)

A symbol of climate justice.

"Here comes the sun" (2027)

Weather phrase typical of its time.

Nylon stockings (2028)

Leg apparel made from fossil fuels.

Objektbild Bortom fossilsamhället betong
Concrete (2031)

Drill core replaced by grass.

The gas station (2032)

Establishment for selling fuel.

SUV (2036)

Large high-emitting vehicle.

Hamburger (2038)

Fast food dish from the fossil era.

The shopping spree

Mass consumption for pleasure.

The luxury single-family house

Inefficient massive building.

The weave of sorrow (2045)

Artwork of what has been lost.

Hermit beetle (2047)

Critically endangered forest-dwelling beetle.

Cabbage white (2052)

Summer plague in agricultural landscapes.

Cow pat (2052)

Excrement from Swedish Red Poll.

Toy (2053)

Fossil Lego.

Great yellow bumblebee (2053)

Thriving pollinator.

Minerals 2053

A sustainability challenge yet to be solved.

Complementary materials

Links for further reading and suggestions of related study materials.

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Links to facts and research about climate and global warming.

IPCC: Glossary

Glossary with definitions of terms related to climate change. (IPCC, 2018: Annex I: Glossary)

Toppbild Kolets kretslopp och människan

The carbon cycle and human impact

Fact sheet with information on the carbon cycle and how human behaviour impacts it.

Futures literacy - what does it mean?

Article explaining why thinking about the future is important.

About Beyond the Fossil Era

This study material was created in a collaboration between the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and Lund University, and it was funded by the research council Formas.

If you want to learn more about the facts that informed the study material or get in touch with the researchers, contact Roger Hildingsson at Lund University:

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Education for sustainable development

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation promotes education for sustainable development (ESD) and supports schools in taking a holistic approach to sustainability issues. We produce educational materials, offer teacher training workshops and participate in partnership projects to develop methods for ESD.

28 jun, 2021 • 3 min att läsa