Author: Betsy Wilkening, COP26 Delegate

Connecting Across the Aisle

“My son is failing his Spanish course, since he won’t hand in his homework!”  “Everytime I ask about her friends, my daughter gets upset and locks herself in her room.”  “I’ve been asking my son to help get our equipment together for the upcoming hunt, and he won’t budge from his video games.”  This was […]

Focusing on the Possibilities

“The roots of a tree stretch deeper than you think…No matter how far away you are when you bloom, you are always tied to your roots.” This quote from Lindsay Eagar’s book Hour of the Bees resonated with me throughout the story. This story resonated with me as a descendant of pioneer families in Tucson, […]

Develop a Personal Narrative as a Step Towards Combatting Climate Change

This blog was originally published on Polar Educators International Communicating science to a broad audience is more important than ever as we need collaborative action to address the devastating effects of climate change. During the PEI 2019 UK Conference in Cambridge, one session addressed the art of storytelling. Connecting others emotionally through a narrative can […]

A Journey of Discovery

As part of Climate Generation’s #TeachClimate Network, we read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. Betsy Wilkening, Tucson Water Education Coordinator in Arizona, reviewed the book and how educators can use it in their classrooms, tying it to current events. Important to note is the interdisciplinary nature of this book. It could […]

New Beginnings

As part of Climate Generation’s #TeachClimate Network, we read The End We Start From by Megan Hunter. Betsy Wilkening, Tucson Water Education Coordinator in Arizona, reviewed the book. Important to note is the interdisciplinary nature of this book. It could be used in an ELA, art, science, or social studies class. Also, The End We […]

The Water Knife

As part of Climate Generation’s December #TeachClimate Network meeting, we read The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi. One of our regular attendees, Betsy Wilkening, an educator for Arizona Project WET, wrote a detailed review about this dystopian book. As a fifth-generation Arizonan who educates teachers, students, and the public about water with Arizona Project WET, […]

The New Normal

When people accept the degradation of our environment across generations as the new normal, this is “Environmental Generational Amnesia.” I spoke of this in my first blog post in October. Since my first post, a new administration has taken residence in the White House. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about Environmental Generational Amnesia and […]

Battling Environmental Generational Amnesia

I teach about climate change because I’m worried that Arizona will not be a desirable place to live for the 7th generation of my family. My ancestors lived in the Tucson area when it became part of the United States through the Gadsden Purchase from Mexico in 1854. I’ve spent the majority of my life […]