Hands-On Activities for Gardening in a Warming World
What are “systems” and what does it take to be a “systems thinker”? Think about how systems thinking could increase pest management success.
Read the Systems Thinking Facilitator Handout and do the following:
- Review Handouts #1 through #4 and identify approaches to documenting garden observations.
In a pair or small group discuss the changes have you noticed in your garden. What changes are challenging your garden success? How are they challenging? Any enhancing your gardening success?
How you might use the worksheet “Reliable Resources Matrix?”
With another classmate, complete “Climate-smart gardening put into action” then return to whole group to highlight.
Here is the full list of handouts in the Systems Thinking Facilitator Handout:
Handout#1 – Being a Systems Thinker This 2-page handout is adapted from author Linda Booth Sweeney’s 12 Habits of Mind lists the key characteristics of a systems thinker on one page and pictures on the next.
Handout #2 – Knowing your Garden System
This 2-page handout is a checklist of ways to map your garden landscape.
Handout #3 – What is the Greenhouse Effect?
These images on a 1-page handout depict the general concept of how greenhouse gases warm the planet.
Handout#4 – What Happens in New York State When the Climate Changes?
This 1-page handout provides an image of warming indicators and lists a the variety of NYS climate change impacts.
Handout#5– Reliable Resources Matrix
This 2-page worksheet provides a tool to document and quantify the value of each resource, how accurate it is, and how reliable.
Handout #6 – Climate-smart gardening put into action
This 4-page worksheet has a list of actions to reduce your carbon footprint. Reflect on their contribution to mitigation or/and adaptation.