Climate Lesson Update: November, 2013

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Climate and Literacy Webinar Series

Join us for a Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar Series!
Are you looking for climate change and energy education resources for your classroom or informal education setting? The Will Steger Foundation is offering a four part webinar series featuring speakers that will advance your climate and energy literacy, and educational resources to help integrate climate and energy concepts in your setting.

  1. Eyewitness to Climate Change, January 15, 6:30PM CDT
  2. Engaging High School Students in Climate Policy, February 12, 6:30 PM CDT
  3. Hands on Energy Literacy, March 12, 6:30 PM CDT
  4. Audience Choice, April 16, 6:30 PM CDT

More information and registration here!

You’re invited to the 2014 Summer Institute for Climate Change and Energy Education! 
Integrate STEM content into any subject-area and deepen your ability to teach about energy and climate change with curriculum and experiences from this professional development event. The cost includes two nights lodging, meals, with curriculum and materials galore. Come for the free giveaways, CEUs and optional grad credit, and stay for the inspiring keynotes, guest scientists and campfire conversations with some of the Midwest’s best educators. Learn more & register online!

  • When: August 4-6th, 2014
  • Where: Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN
  • Cost: $125

Engage youth in climate change solutions through video: Make a video for Youth Voices of Change!
Youth in grades 4-12 are invited to submit a video (maximum 2 minutes long) that shares solution projects or helps raise awareness about climate change issues for a chance to win great prizes, including: money for their project, new video equipment, and gift certificates to local businesses.

Ten lucky finalists and their videos will be featured on the big screen at the Youth Voices Film Festival in the evening of August 22, 2014 on the Sustainability Stage at the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair. Awards will be announced at that time. Read more about how to get involved online. This event is in partnership with the MN Pollution Control Agency.

Make an impression on your elementary students: Schedule a visit from TOLBY!
We have been working closely with the team behind TOLBY – the energy-saving firefly – to boost the quality of their program and align content with MN state standards. The TOLBY program teaches students in the Twin Cities Metro Area about energy and energy conservation. Learn more about available activities, assessment ideas and how to mow to make the most of your TOLBY visit on the TOLBY website.

The research is in: Parks make us smarter!
This recent article from summarizes the research findings of one study that actively measured subjects’ brain waves before, during and after experiences in nature. They were able to quantifiably measure “reductions in arousal, frustration and engagement, and an increase in meditation” in each of their subjects. This was done using a mobile electroencephalography (EEG) device, and one of the first studies of it’s kind.

YEA!MN Youth-led workshop at Powershift, brings in over 150 participants!
Check out this great story from the twin cities students who traveled to Powershift in Pittsburgh this past month and lead a training session at the conference for other youth. This group included participants in YEA!MN, the Will Steger Foundation’s youth leadership program for high-school students. Look at what students can accomplish!


Join a Study Circle on Climate Change and Oceans/Coastal Areas.
Application now open for Study Circles Spring 2014! For educators with an interest in climate change focused on ocean or coastal issues, this is a great professional development opportunity. Visit for more information and to apply.

Is the speed bump gone?
Check out this quick climate science video explaining how missing Arctic surface data causes global air T trends to be too low. For more info, The Guardian had a great piece on this same trend.

Survey: Distribution of Heartland’s NIPCC
The anti-progress, fossil-fuel industry funded, think-tank Heartland has released and widely distributed new propaganda that attempts to bolster the climate change confusionist viewpoint. They’re calling it the “NIPCC Report” (a play off of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, which releases scientific summaries every few years from the leading climatologists). Have you seen the NIPCC report? Either way, consider submitting this survey to share that info with the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), who is attempting to track the spread of this misinformation. Here is the survey link.


Every year, we report on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC, also sometimes referred to as “COP18” or “COP19”, the number changing with the passing of each year from the first meeting “COP1”). And every year there are moments of both hope and frustration as political stalemates in key countries (i.e. USA) prevent global climate treaties. This year, something new is happening. Watch as Yeb Saño, the delegate from the Philippines, whose hometown was recently destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan, announces that he is going on hunger strike until meaningful action is taken on climate change by the countries. It has gone viral, with people around the world pledging to hunger strike with him.

Read the stories of Minnesota’s own School of Environmental Studies students who are at the event. This school recently joined our YEA!MN network for the current school year.


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