Human Dimensions of Global Warming

Lesson 4: Mitigation


What will we learn?

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

  • describe the concept of greenhouse gas mitigation and articulate the role it plays in addressing the climate crisis;
  • understand the difference between climate change mitigation and adaptation measures;
  • value the importance of stabilizing atmospheric CO2 concentrations;
  • articulate the importance of staying within the carbon budget to contain warming to between 1.5-2 degrees Celsius;
  • understand the timescale on which emissions stabilization and reductions must occur to stay within that warming range.
solar panels soaking up some sunshine
Transitioning to renewable energy will be just part of the solutions that help us contain warming.
Credit: Pixabay from Pexels is licensed under CC0 (Public Domain)

This lesson explores greenhouse gas mitigation — actions that prevent, limit, delay or slow the rate of climate change

What is due?

This lesson will take us one week to complete. Please refer to the Calendar in Canvas for due dates. Specific directions for the assignment below can be found within this lesson.

Complete the following steps to complete Lesson 4:

  • Work through mitigation lesson content on this website.
  • Read the required reading assignments.
  • Take the Lesson 4 Content Quiz.
  • Write your Write to Learn response.


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