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Climate Lessons Update – December 2018

Letter to Climate Change Educators The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) starts today in Poland! About 200 countries from around the world will be attending to: adopt the guidelines for how the Paris Agreement will be implemented; signal that nations will strengthen their climate commitments by 2020, particularly given the IPCC’s assessment of 1.5°C; […]

We Rise: the movement is youth

As part of Climate Generation’s #TeachClimate Network, we read We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Justin Spizman. Heidi Auel, educator in Brainerd, Minnesota, reviewed the book. We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet is featured in our […]

Climate change in Westeros

I wasn’t initially into Game of Thrones. Death, torture, and vulgarity aren’t themes I usually pick for a new TV show, but after watching over my husband’s shoulder one evening, I decided to give it a shot. We started the series and in about three episodes I was hooked. I remember having my phone and […]

Teaching Climate: Resources for Educators Nationwide

Educators have an opportunity to ignite students’ wonder and curiosity about the natural world, to bring facts to life, and to guide their critical thinking skills. Their role as educators is essential to prepare the next generation of leaders who are going to inherit this changing world. The MN Science Teachers Association (MNSTA) understands that […]

Provide Feedback on updated MN Science Standards

This year our Director of Programs, Kristen Poppleton, was appointed to the 36-member committee of leaders in education, business, nonprofit, and other constituencies tasked with reviewing Minnesota’s current academic science standards. These science standards,  which includes climate change benchmarks for the first time, guide classroom learning in Minnesota and are being revised by this committee. […]

Climate Lessons Update – November 2018

Letter to Climate Change Educators We’re excited to announce that our 14th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education is open for registration! After 14 years of building a nationwide network of climate change educators, the time has come to take the Institute on the road. We couldn’t be more lucky to partner with Lowell […]

Position Statement on Climate Change Education in the Humanities

This fall/winter we are releasing new humanities content for English language arts (ELA), social studies, art, and environmental studies classes. The following position statement gives reasoning for the importance of including climate change education in humanities classes. Introduction The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius) since the late […]

Be Bold: Lessons from Drawdown Learn

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Drawdown Learn Conference in New York. Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. No really, it is. And that’s the title of the book, edited by Paul Hawken. The book ranks 80 solutions with abundant peer-reviewed sources by the amount […]

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 […]

Climate Lessons Update – October 2018

Letter to Climate Change Educators Across the world we are seeing more and more extreme weather; from Hurricane Florence to Typhoons Trami and Mangkhut, to exceptional drought conditions across much of the southwestern U.S. These intense storms and prolonged weather events are taking a toll on people, animals, and the land and water around us. […]