Climate Lessons Update – December 2017

Letter to Climate Change Educators

As we come to the end of 2017, it is a fine time to reflect back on the past year and set goals for the future. We know these are times when we are seeing more and more climate change impacts around the world, and people are feeling the urgency of the issue. As educators, you are the steady presence in your students’ lives. You are trusted messengers and communicators. Climate change is the most relevant issue of our time, and teaching climate change is an opportunity to have your students gain understanding in a world where there is so much misinformation. When they feel confident in addressing the issue, that is where real change can begin to happen. As we look to the new year, this is a time to commit to something new, and continue the great work you as educators are doing. Please use us as a resource to help you achieve your goals!

We wish you a snowy, cold winter ahead, and a happy new year!

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

Climate Generation Happenings

Sign up for the #TeachClimate Network

Join our #TeachClimate Network for an opportunity to discuss climate change education, as well as read a few cli-fi books. Call in when you can and please encourage your colleagues to come, too. We will be discussing The Water Knife at our December 20th meeting. If you don’t read the book, we’d love for you to join the call anyway! Sign up to receive information and the webinar link.

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

June 26-28, 2018
St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN
Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing science about climate change into the classroom at our 13th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education.


Have you received packets from the Heartland Institute?

If so, InsideClimate News would like to hear from you! Check out the quick form they have on their website.

Tool for Monitoring Climate and Weather

PocketLab Air is a new product on Kickstarter for conducting climate change and air quality experiments. With PocketLab Air you can measure carbon dioxide, ozone, particulate matter, and weather conditions, and see the data in real-time on a smartphone or computer. This is PocketLab’s fourth handheld sensor for conducting science investigations.

The Green Ribbon Schools Award is back!

After a long delay, the US Department of Education has announced that it will again offer the Green Ribbon School Award for 2018. This award honors Pre-K-12 schools, districts and higher education institutions that have accomplishments in all three of the following pillars: reducing environmental impact, improving health and wellness and providing effective environmental education.

CLEAN Webinar Series

Take your teaching about climate and energy to the next level! Attend CLEAN’s series of 30-minute webinars to learn more about the CLEAN collection and how you can use CLEAN resources in your lessons, units, and classroom.

Climate Science Special Report

This report is an assessment of the science of climate change, with a focus on the United States. It features sections such as Physical Drivers of Climate Change, Precipitation Change in the US, and Changes in Land Cover. Use this resource with your students for the most up to date science on climate change.

What We’re Reading

The Water Knife: to get ready for our December 20th #TeachClimate meeting.

Stories from the Field

We’re so excited to be on the road in Greater Minnesota this year through our Youth Convening Minnesota project! Read about our recent visit to St. John’s University to kick off the project.

Moment of Inspiration

Catch up with our COP23 delegation, and reflections from their experience through their now archived blogs and webinars!

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