Climate Lesson Update: December 2012

The Earth_seen_from_Apollo_172Siiri Bigalke went to school in Minnesota, but she just returned from a trip to Doha, Qatar to participate as the WSF delegate in the COP18 international climate negotiations. As she bid farewell to COP 18 last week, she did so “With that sense of hope” to “continue to look forward to what the international community of youth climate activists will accomplish after COP18 and into the next year!” (read more from her on the WSF blog)

In the face of the tragedy last week in CT, and those that happen weekly around the world, we look to youth for hope and our teachers for leadership. That’s why we do our best to get you resources, and to break down the barriers in your way to creating a more safe and just world. We believe climate literacy is significant to that vision.

Last week we launched our NEW Education Webpage! It’s now easier to use. Quickly find the most-requested info in the menus at the top of the screen, such as “Curriculum Resources”, “Climate Change Basics” and “Professional Development”.

Did you see Chasing Ice last week? Check out this blog post for educator resources after watching Chasing Ice with your class.

Fort Snelling_1Review and comment on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The release of the final public draft of the NGSS is set for the first week in January. We encourage all interested parties to review the draft as individuals or in groups and provide feedback to the Lead States and writers. WSF has helped esnure that climate literacy has a strong place in the standards in part through our consistent participation in the Cliimate Literacy Network.

Anyone 13 years or older can submit posts and pictures to the EPA Student Blog. We’re promoting it as a useful reflection tool for your classrooms or to show off a student project or learning experience. Submissions and comments are moderated by EPA staff. If interested, email:

A few weeks ago Kristen spent the day sharing the Minnesota’s Changing Climate curriculum with teachers that are taking part in the University of Minnesota STEM Education’s CYCLES program. Teachers spent the day doing activities and learning around Minnesota’s biomes and the impacts of climate change. If you are interested in a customized workshop in your education setting, please contact us

Kristen just returned from Berkeley, where she spent an invigorating weekend of strategizing with 50 other climate and energy literacy experts, hosted by the National Center for Science Education. The focus of the weekend was discussing ways of “substantially and measurably increasing climate and energy literacy.” Stay tuned for a white paper and next steps.

It takes guts to be a teacher. And we thank you for all the good work you do,

John Smith

Education Assistant


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