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Work Begins on New Will Steger Foundation Curriculum

Thanks to Minnesota’s Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota’s Resources (LCCMR), we will be receiving funding over the next two years for a new project, Engaging Students in Environmental Stewardship through Adventure Learning. The $250,000 allocated to the Will Steger Foundation will support the development of a new curriculum, teacher training, online learning and collaboration with schools.  […]

Citizen Climate Curriculum Puts Climate Bill in Context

Yesterday John Kerry and Joe Lieberman introduced the American Power Act a bill that, if passed, would put national limits on carbon emissions that cause climate change. This bill is a fantastic beginning to a discussion in your class about the complexities of environmental policymaking and the provisions the bill lays out. The short summary […]

Climate Change Education and the Arts

A recent collaboration between Andrew Revkin and ecoartspace to address the question “What Matters Most,” is an excellent example of the exciting and beautiful things that can come out of interdisciplinary work. Redefining our relationship with the planet is an urgent matter, and one that we cannot afford to drag our heels on. The role […]

Integrating the “Behavioral Wedge”

Our newest Citizen Climate curriculum emphasizes civic engagement and helps teachers and students understand the critical and complex climate solutions being discussed on the national and international stage. In the curriculum we recommend playing the Stabilization Wedge Game, a game produced by Princeton University’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative . The goal of the game is to […]

The Low Carbon Lifestyle-Earth Day Tips

The Low-Carbon Lifestyle Reducing the total carbon load on the atmosphere begins with choices individual consumers can make every day. Find out how much carbon you are personally responsible for by using a carbon footprint calculator. Then, trim off as you can in your daily life through energy-efficient lifestyle choices. Finally, go completely carbon-neutral by […]

TED talk shows “The science behind a climate headline”

I came across this great video today on TED:  Ideas Worth Spreading.  It is only 4 minutes, 14 seconds long, but it gives a great peak into the scientific research that can go into the making of a headline. Rachel Pike: The science behind a climate headline In 4 minutes, atmospheric chemist Rachel Pike provides […]

Climate Change and Environmental Education

April 11-17 is National Environmental Education Week , the nation’s largest environmental education event held each year the week before Earth Day. EE Week connects educators with environmental resources to promote K-12 students’ understanding of the environment, and is a program of the National Environmental Education Foundation . So how does climate change education fit […]

Do some fact checking with your students

This week the Colbert Report on Comedy Central featured a “Science catfight” between Joe Bastardi , a meteorologist for Accuweather and Brenda Ekwurzel , a climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists.  The report is entertaining to watch, but also has some clearly stated claims that would be easy and interesting to investigate.  Watch […]

Bringing engineering into the climate change discussion

Geoengineering has emerged in recent years as a highly controversial solution for dealing climate change. Andrew Revkin recently discussed this on his blog in more detail, and Yale 360 has a great article posted today, A Hard Look at the Perils and Potential of Geoengineering.  Essentially geoengineering focuses on finding human made methods to use […]

Fun modeling tool to understand climate change past and future

I came across the Climate Wizard a few weeks ago and have been playing around with it since then.  It isn’t too complicated and gives students (and teachers!) an opportunity to explore a number of different aspects of climate change science including historical temperature and precipitation averages, and future climate predictions based on a number […]