Human Dimensions of Global Warming

Lesson 3: Vulnerability

protesters with a large climate justice banner
Growing demand around the world for climate justice highlights the disparities at every geographic scale between those who contribute most to climate change and those who stand to be most negatively affected.
Credit: Vincent M.A. Janssen / Pexels

What will we learn?

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • define impacts of climate change and explain the difference between direct and indirect impacts, giving examples;
  • define vulnerability and explain the three dimensions of vulnerability, giving examples
  • explain how the same climate change impact creates winners and losers
  • explain what resilience to climate change is and how that relates to vulnerability
  • understand and articulate common risk factors for increased vulnerability to climate change impacts
  • describe climate justice

What is due for Lesson 3?

Lesson 3 will take us one week to complete. Please refer to the Calendar in Canvas for specific time frames and due dates. Specific directions for the assignments below can be found within this lesson.

Complete the following steps to complete Lesson 3:

  • Work through Lesson 3 in this web site
  • Read the required readings
  • Take the Lesson 3 Quiz
  • Write your Write to Learn response


If you have questions, please feel free to post them to the Ask a Question about Lesson 3 forum. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help a classmate.