Climate Lessons Update – December 2015

Letter to Climate Change Educators

youth4climateOur Education Ambassadors and Climate Generation staff are in Paris! 10 educators and two staff members are witnessing 195 countries work towards achieving a binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. So much negotiating, so little time. You can follow their stories and experiences on their blogs, which will be posted on our website daily. These 10 educators are experiencing the historic events taking place in Paris, and serving as ambassadors for their students. They were also able to use our Citizen Climate curriculum to help their students understand the importance of these negotiations. They used the curriculum to teach their students about climate change and you can too!

Summer_Institute_logoNext summer we will be hosting our 11th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education. During these four days, you will become more confident in teaching about climate change, hear from climate scientists about climate change, and gain a thorough understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards from education leaders. You will also be immersed in our newest curriculum, Next Generation Climate, and even get your own free copy. You can sign up now for the Institute. It will be held at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN from June 21 to June 24. Click here to read more about the 2016 Summer Institute and save the date!

Kristen Poppleton & Jenna Totz
Education Program
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation Happenings

COP21 Education Ambassador Blogs

COP-21Our Education Ambassadors are in Paris! Follow their blogs, tune in to their webcasts and use their insights from the COP21 climate talks in your classroom. You can also read about each Ambassador’s background and thoughts on the program, as well as how they plan to incorporate their experience at the UN climate change negotiations into their classrooms. Read about each educator on our blog.

Next Generation Climate

Next Generation ClimateHas your state, district, or school adopted NGSS? Are you looking for new resources that help you introduce climate change in your classroom? Our new curriculum, Next Generation Climate, uses the Next Generation Science Standards as a framework and is also aligned to the Climate and Energy Literacy principles. We are so excited for you to use Next Generation Climate and let us know what you think! Next Generation Climate and our other curricula are available to download for free on our website. You can also purchase a hard copy for yourself or a set for your district.

Partnership with the Eco District

StPaulEcoDistrict-logoWe are happy to announce that we will be partnering with the Eco District of St. Paul, MN to strengthen their website and walking tour. We encourage educators to bring their students to the Eco District to check out the examples of sustainability and learn about green technologies.


Green Ribbon Schools Awards

green ribbon schools logoIs your school, district or college making strides at being green? Do you want to have an incentive for improving? The Green Ribbon Schools Awards from the U.S. Department of Education honor schools that: reduce environmental impact, improve health and nutrition, and provide effective environmental education. The Minnesota Department of Education provides information about the awards, past winners, and applications for Minnesota residents.

“Ask US” December Session: Change Over Time: Investigate Changes in Hurricanes

nasaDiscover how to bring the National Climate Assessment to life for learners of all ages with NCA3 co-convening Lead Author Dr. John Walsh. Join Dr. Walsh, and investigate related educational resources from experts at NOAA and NASA as they investigate Changes in Hurricanes from the Our Changing Climate chapter of the NCA on Thursday, Dec. 10th (4:00-5:15 ET). Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions about the science behind the report and related learning resources. To watch the live broadcast click here. To join the session as a participant, contact Bonnie Murray at

Metro CERTs Clean Energy Accelerator Rapid Assistance

CERTThe purpose of the Clean Energy Accelerator Rapid Assistance program is to assist cities, counties, schools, and other local governments in the 11-County Metro Region with energy efficiency implementation in public buildings, including identifying technical and financial resources, facilitating project implementation, and measuring progress through energy benchmarking.

Project Green Schools

project green schoolsGreen Schools is a Massachusetts-based, leading national non-profit organization, organized for innovative Environmental Education, E-STEM Education, Leadership and Action. Green Schools provides a number of environmental programs and resources to best develop the next generation of GREEN students and schools. Our National Green Schools Society for grades K-12, honors and develops bright, civic-minded, environmentally literate citizens in schools and communities. Become a FREE MEMBER today and we provide you with monthly newsletters and environmental information packets based on the Green Schools 12 Pathways.

Energy Atlas

energy atlasDo you know what kind of energy powers the businesses and homes in your community? Is it clean energy? Fossil fuels? Explore this interactive map of the Midwest’s energy landscape to answers those questions and see the jobs and other benefits of clean energy in your community and district. This resource would be helpful while using the Experience Energy curriculum.

The Department of Energy Climate Change Webinar Series

minorities in energyThis Climate Change Webinar series continues with a focus on the Southwest region of the US on Thursday, January 7th from 3:00pm-4:00pm EST. Register on the website for these and upcoming webinars: Or visit the website for archived webinar recordings.

What we’re reading

Read about Climate Youth Engagement Case Studies from around the world.

Stories from the Field

Educators serve as critical messengers of climate literacy for hundreds of students each year, and this year’s pivotal COP21 climate negotiations provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to teach climate change in a real-world context. Read about our Education Ambassadors and the importance of climate literacy from our Education Director, Kristen Poppleton.

Moment of Inspiration

Right now, over 190 nations have gathered in Paris to discuss a new global agreement on climate change. The talks are called ‘COP21,’ which stands for the 21st annual Conference of the Parties, but what does all that mean and why is any of it important? This film will not only give you the facts but help you understand why it matters to all of us – in less than two minutes!

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