Climate Lesson Update – October 2014

Letter to Climate Change Educators

We hope your school year has successfully kicked off!  It’s October which means the leaves are changing here in Minnesota.  Get outside and enjoy autumn beauty with your students!  Here are a few resources to help you incorporate fall into your educational setting:


We hope you will find these resources valuable and find connections with our curriculum guides about climate change.  In the next few weeks we will posting our brand new revised curriculum suite, so stay tuned!

Kristen Poppleton & Jenna Totz

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
”Before They’re Gone” by Michael Lanza is a story about a family’s year-long quest to explore America’s Most Endangered National Parks.

US schools quickly climbing learning curve in solar power  

Stories from the Field
If you’re headed to NAAEE don’t miss out on the all the great climate change education sessions!  Read more here.


WSF Happenings

Kristen PoppletonListen to our Director of Education Kristen Poppleton on Minnesota Public Radio sharing thoughts on how to talk young people about climate change

If you weren’t able to join us at our Summer Institute of Climate Change and Energy Education in August—don’t worry—you can experience it virtually on via our recap.

Climate.govWSF Contributes to Educational Resources
Use these great new educational resources in your classroom this year. Every region of the United States is included!

The Wild Face of Climate ChangeWild Face of Climate Change: A Workshop for Middle School Educators
Great opportunity for middle school educators to learn about climate change impacts on animals from around the world.

Resources from the Climate Change Community

Take part in International Walk to School Day on October 8:

Plugging Into NatureAttend Minnesota Naturalist’s Association Conference.

Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report
Audubon scientists use observations and climate models to predict how birds in the U.S. and Canada will react to climate change. Search for local birds to see how they may be affected.

Application for the Green Ribbon Schools Award is now available
This US Department of Education award honors PreK-12 schools, school districts and higher education schools that are exemplary at reducing environmental impact, improving health and wellness and providing effective environmental education. Applying for the award helps the school community analyze and set goals for energy and water usage, waste reduction, nutrition programs, environmental instruction and other sustainable practices. For Minnesotans, more information and the application are available at the Green Schools page at the Minnesota Department of Education website. The application deadline is January 5. There are information webinars on October 8 & 9, and November 5 & 6. Contact John Olson for webinar information or other questions..

Moment of Inspiration

On 23 September 2014, 26 year old poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands, addressed the Opening Ceremony of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit. Kathy was selected from among over 500 civil society candidates in an open, global nomination process conducted by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service.

Kathy performed a new poem entitled “Dear Matafele Peinem”, written to her daughter. The poem received a standing ovation. Kathy is also a teacher, journalist and founder of the environmental NGO, Jo-jikum.


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