Teach Climate

January 8, 2018
By: Education

Climate Lessons Update – January 2018

Letter to Climate Change Educators

Happy new year! Enjoy this month’s CLU with a list of our most popular and clicked-on education stories, data, and resources of 2017. Take a look at the list and decide which one is your favorite, and we hope you can find some great resources to use with your students.

As we look ahead to 2018, we are excited to engage with you and new teachers from around the country. There is so much going on this year, we hope you can join us to increase your confidence and competence in teaching climate change. You could attend our 13th annual Summer Institute in June, follow along with our Youth Convening Minnesota project, or tune in to our ongoing monthly #TeachClimate Network and Book Club where we discuss cli-fi books and climate change education. Don’t forget to apply for your school or district to be recognized as a Green Ribbon School. Information for Minnesota schools here, and national here.

Whatever you get involved in this year, be sure that the students around you are learning about the science, impacts, and solutions to climate change.

Kristen Poppleton & Jenna Totz
Education Program
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation Most Popular Education Stories

1. Climate Generation Social Media

Our social media channels are engaging teachers across the nation and world! Check out our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for the latest climate science, events, and uplifting stories of action. We also have video resources and event recaps on our YouTube channel. We promise to always post the most up-to-date information, if you promise to follow and engage on with us social media – and tell a friend!

2. We’re Teaching Kids the Wrong Ways to Fight Climate Change

The authors of this study researched individuals climate solutions and created a list that so many have always wanted: 12 individual actions ranked in order of effectiveness. From switching to an electric car to eating a plant-based diet, what actions are making the most impact?

3. Meet 12 Badass Scientists…Who Also Happen to be Women

These 12 scientists represent a range of disciplines — astrophysics, biology, genetics, archaeology, medicine, glaciology, data science, and more — and represent five countries around the world. They also happen to all be women. Get to know these extraordinary women and their groundbreaking work in this article.

4. Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Each year, our Summer Institute for Climate Change Education webpage gets quite a bit of traffic. Who wouldn’t want to go to an event that empowers educators to teach students about climate change (and provides yummy food and hands-on fun)? Learn more and register for our 13th annual Summer Institute here.

5. Climate Generation Climate Change and Energy Curricula Suite

Climate Generation offers a suite of Grades 3–12 curriculum resources in the form of curriculum guides, as well as online modules that can be downloaded for free. Each curriculum is interdisciplinary and science-based, encourages in-depth learning, and has online components in the form of videos, articles, and interactive media.

6. #TeachClimate Network and Book Club

In 2017, we launched our #TeachClimate Network and Book Club to help you read more cli-fi (climate fiction) and include climate change education beyond just the science classroom. We have already read three great books and are in the middle of Drawdown by Paul Hawken as we prepare for our January 17th webinar. We also helped Lowell School in D.C. launch a redesigned sixth grade climate change-centric curriculum, which included many new cli-fi books: including Same Sun Here.

7. Window Into COP23: Our Multi-Sector Delegation

We sent a multi-sector delegation of Minnesota leaders to the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany from November 6–17. Our eight-member delegation featured representation from education, law, philanthropy, youth, elected officials, and indigenous communities. Explore the conference through our program recap page.

8. An Open Letter to Teachers on the Heartland Institute Mailings

The Heartland Institute began a mass distribution of misinformation on climate change to teachers in 2017. This was not only an attack on education, but fundamentally an attack on our students by infiltrating our schools with a culture of climate denial. With great detail, a teacher in Atlanta, GA broke down this unscientific publication for her fellow science teachers.

9. Big Updates to Climate Interactive Simulator

Climate Interactive has released a huge new update to C-ROADS World Climate, our climate change policy simulator. Updated with new data and the ability to connect with audiences in their language of choice, they are proud to release this free tool to the global climate community.

10. Youth Climate Lawsuit Heads to Trial

Twenty-one young people argue that by contributing to global-warming pollution, the federal government has violated their rights to life, liberty, and property. Here is an update as to what is happening with this lawsuit.