Climate Lesson Update – May 2014

Letter to Climate Change Educators

Climate Change Impacts

The National Climate Assessment report is the most comprehensive, user-friendly and visually intriguing collection of the impacts of climate change on the United State yet available. It was released this month to much acclaim in the media and political arenas. To get the most out of this unique report, we recommend that you:

Check out our recent webinar on the National Climate Assessment (and read our recent blog post too!) to learn more about the people and process behind the document. Scrolling through the document is not only super easy, but fun and full of surprises. We hope that you will find it as valuable as we do!


John Smith & Kristen Poppleton
Education Program
Will Steger Foundation

In This Issue
Letter to Climate Change Educators
WSF Happenings
Stories from the Field
Moment of Inspiration

What we’re reading
The EPA takes on racism and climate change in their new plan EJ 2014. Read more about it here, in Grist.

Citizen Science is bridging the gap between environmental education and science. Read more about it in this blog post by Learning for Sustainability.

Stories from the Field
The next great leap in climate literacy: seeing the impacts at home. To that end, we should all thank a phenologist. Read more in this Will Steger Foundation blog post.



WSF Happenings

Summer Institute

For your convenience, we have extended the registration discounts for the 2014 Summer Institute on Climate Change and Energy Education. Join educators of grades 3-12 from around Minnesota, the Midwest and Nation to dig in to the content of climate change and energy. The agenda is available, and we’re excited about the guests and keynote speakers. Learn more and register today!

Registration fee: $125 (fee increase will occur after July 1st)

“Bring-a-friend discount”: Refer someone (or be referred and save $25 off or registration! (Available only through June 9th)

Resources from the Climate Change Community


1. Free webinar from The Ohio State University: Climate Change Impacts on Wildlife. Learn more …

2. Attend Minnesota’s Environmental Education Conference. Learn more … 

Water in the West3. Free webinar: “Climate Science Connections: Water in the West”. Learn more …

4. From the Center for Green Schools: National Action Plan for Sustainability in Education. Learn more …


Moment of Inspiration asks: “How do you solve a problem like the climate crisis?”  Be moved by this brief video highlighting some of their most important videos of all time:

Post by TED.


Also, there is a lot more that you can learn about climate change from here (we strongly recommend it!)


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