What is the Difference Between Greenhouse
Effect and the Hole in the Ozone Layer?

Greenhouse Effect

Apparently about 99% of climate scientists believe these concepts to be fact.

The terms Greenhouse Effect, global warming, climate change, Ozone Depletion and used almost daily in the media but on questioning children (and many adults for that matter) they use the terms as if they are interchangeable.

Your challenge -to bring your students to an appreciation of the difference between the Greenhouse Effect and Ozone Layer Depletion. Then explore ways to reduce your 'Environmental Footprint'.


The Task - Half the class research The Greenhouse Effect and the other half research Ozone Depletion.

Part A

1. Define the concept.
2. List the causes.
3. List 5 possible consequences that the concept may lead to.
4. Outline some simple strategies that we can use in our lives to reduce our personal contribution to these concepts.
5. Why do you think it is important for people to know about these concepts?

Part B

In groups of 6 (3 that researched Greenhouse Effect and 3 that researched Ozone Depletion) list the similarities and differences between the two concepts.

Part C

Create a list of strategies you can use to make your school more environmentally sound and implement them eg stick little signs next to light switches 'Help Save Our Planet - Turn off the Light'