Teach Climate

March 4, 2019
By: Education

Climate Lessons Update - March 2019

Letter to Climate Change Educators


We are thrilled to release a new climate change curriculum, co-produced with Lowell School! Innovation and Renewable Energy: A Humanities Module is a standards-based, interdisciplinary humanities module that uses the true story of William Kamkwamba — from The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Bryan Mealer — to bring the discussion of renewable energy to the English Language Arts, social studies, and science classroom. Students read the book with guidance from literary worksheets; discuss renewable energy projects through the lens of geography, economics, and civics; and use the process of engineering design to solve a community issue brought on by climate change.

You can download this new resource for free from our website! Also, check out the new Netflix original movie that just came out on March 1st!

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Not only do we have this great resource for educators, but we also have a special professional development opportunity coming up for humanities teachers: join us for our 14th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education in Washington D.C. for three days of hands-on activities, field trips, and opportunities to see how climate change fits into your subject area. Registration is open, and we also have scholarships thanks to our Teach Climate Teachers Scholarship Fund!

Jenna Totz and Megan Van Loh
Climate Change Education Program
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation Happenings

Green STEM Careers Documentary

Looking for an activity to help your students see the opportunities in Green STEM Careers? We have a documentary for that! Green Careers for a Changing Climate is a ten-minute documentary that introduces students to Green STEM Careers as a solution to climate change. Click the link to access the documentary and the accompanying discussion guide that includes questions, short activities, and resources to help your students understand the importance of Green STEM Careers and how they can pursue those jobs.

#TeachClimate Network

Join the #TeachClimate Network to share challenges and successes of implementing climate change education, discuss climate change fiction (cli-fi) books, and talk to other educators from around the country. We meet monthly online via Zoom. Join us on March 13th when we discuss Empty by Suzanne Wehn! Although the scenarios are different, engage your students in the current events in Venezuela while reading Empty.

We’re Speaking at the National Green Schools Conference

Attending the Green Schools Conference in April? Be sure to attend our panel — Climate Change Education: When Youth and Teachers Lead at 10:30 am on April 8th. Learn about the decades of effective national climate change educational programs from NOAA’s Climate Education Office and how Climate Generation strategically engages audiences to make an impact. The panel will feature NOAA’s Senior Climate Education Program Manager Frank Niepold, Climate Generation’s Climate Change Education Manager Jenna Totz, and YEA! MN/MN Can’t Wait youth leader and Minneapolis South High School student Sophia Manolis.


CLEAN Webinars

Level up your teaching about climate and energy with the CLEAN Webinar Series. Check out and register for three webinars coming up this month.

Drawdown EcoChallenge starts in April

Drawdown EcoChallenge is a 21-day engagement program focused on carbon reduction. The challenge takes place April 3-24 and follows actions highlighted in Project Drawdown. Drawdown EcoChallenge provides tools and inspiration to turn intention into action and gives participants a fun, social way to think about and act on proven solutions to reverse global warming. Join now!

NOAA Planet Stewards Workshop

Join NOAA Planet Stewards, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) for a two-day workshop March 11-12: From Local To Global: Satellites, Citizen Science, Stewardship And You! This workshop features hands-on activities for integrating climate, STEM, and data resources into your classroom or informal science curriculum.

Climate Change MOOC

Higher Ed…Are you concerned about climate change? Would you like to learn how to address and respond to this challenge? If so, this course is for you. Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community, and Political Action is intended to help learners understand, address, and respond to climate change as individuals as well as in partnership with communities and political leaders. Recently, the course was listed on the official list of MOOCs that promote UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

What We’re Reading

We’re reading Empty by Suzanne Weyn to get ready for our next #TeachClimate Network meeting on Wednesday, March 13th.

Stories from the Field

Climate Generation’s Position Statement on Climate Change Education in the Humanities

Moment of Inspiration

Climate Citizenship and the Humanities

The 2016–2017 Radcliffe Institute fellow Stephanie LeMenager is interested in what it means to be human in the era of climate change. Understanding this challenging and often controversial topic is why the humanities are more important now than ever.