This is a problem for humans – but other life on Earth is in for trouble too. The snowshoe hare, for example, cannot change it’s camouflage fast enough to match climate change. Worldwide, plants and animals are predicted to lose over 50% of their habitat ranges due to a changing climate. Some of this from sea-level rise, but mostly due to changing patterns of weather, temperature and precipitation (no, not tornadoes).
It’s bad news – and hard to wrap one’s mind around (as you can see from the conflicting opinion polls from Yale and many other organizations). But one thing is clear: we’re not just sitting on our hands – we’re getting down to business!
Here are some ways to get your hands dirty:
- 4 Minnesota schools won the 2013 National Green Ribbon Award
- Teachers and students are making videos for the “YOUTH VOICES OF CHANGE: Climate Change Video Contest” (submit yours today!)
- Join the National EE Week Photo Contest and submit some pictures
It’s professional development season – check out these opportunities:
- Two WSF Summer Institutes to choose from (Experience Energy and Minnesota’s Changing Climate)
- Pilot the new Project Learning Tree module on climate change and pine trees (if interested, contact Christine Li: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Forest Trails & Forest Tales workshop, June 21-23 at the Forest History Center
- Join a study circle focusing on oceans and climate change
- …share you success stories with CLEAN and the Climate Literacy Network for an upcoming book!
Let’s call this the Grand Finale of the school year – make it remarkable,
Kristen Poppleton & John Smith
Will Steger Foundation