Author: Jenna Totz, Climate Change Education Manager

Social (climate change) studies: Making room for climate change in social studies education

When you think about teaching climate change, you probably see a science classroom. Lots of graphs, data, and experiments. But don’t get too comfortable at that lab station. Understanding the science of climate change is incredibly important, but also important is understanding the economic, politcal and social impacts. Schools need to be including climate change […]

Where has all the snow gone?

For those of us Minnesotans that live here because of the snow—this has been a tough winter so far. The weathercasters keep blaming El Niño, but if asked, I’m sure most of us would have a hard time explaining exactly what that means.  Do you know? If you’re a teacher, could you explain it to […]

Bringing climate change education to Wisconsin at the Midwest Environmental Education Conference

I had the privilege to attend the Midwest Environmental Education Conference (MEEC) on October 21-24. The event brought formal and non-formal environmental educators together at the Monona Terrace in Madison, WI. Monona Terrace is Silver LEED certified, practices recycling and composting throughout the building, and purchases 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. The conference […]

YES! and Climate Change

We are thrilled to be partnering with YES! Youth Energy Summit this year. YES! is “a team-oriented youth program that uses hands-on, experiential learning and energy action projects to address energy opportunities and issues in rural Minnesota communities.” Through a pre-survey we asked students what they were most excited to do with their YES! Team. […]

The EPA Targets Carbon

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Clean Energy Plan proposal this week. In the document, the EPA lays out how the United States will cut carbon pollution from existing power plants over the next (15) years. Without a national limit on carbon emissions, our nation’s health and wellness are being negatively affected. Our power […]