Stormwater Tree: Climate Connections

INTRODUCTION:
Scientists project that in Philadelphia it's very likely that the number of heavy downpours will increase due to climate change.


Why does Philadelphia need to prepare for climate change?

Introduce the idea that Philadelphia currently has 26 days over 90⁰ per year on average

Scientists project more intense heat due to climate change.

[reference: Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR), Columbia University

Allow students to brainstorm why this is a problem. Answers could include:

Summers in Philadelphia can be pretty hot, humid, sticky and gross.

 

ACTIVITY:
Activity will be a demonstration.


MATERIALS:
Paper bowls
Water
Tongs
Candle, camping stove or Bunsen burner