Climate Lessons Update – February 2017

Letter to Climate Change Educators

In this month’s CLU we’re sharing the LOVE!

Links to resources: This and every CLU features many links to resources that sparked our interest. Take a look and use them often. Don’t forget to let us know how you’re bringing them into your classroom. Facebook, Tweet, and Instagram your climate change lesson with us.

Observations: Keep taking your students out to observe the world around them! Using the place where you live and teach as a context for learning about impacts and solutions keeps your students engaged and makes climate change relevant.

Value your work as educators: We value each and every one of you and can’t tell you that enough. Keep teaching the settled science of climate change and engaging your students in the many solutions that will give them hope.

Evidence of climate change: Making sure students understand that science is based on claims, evidence and reasoning – and it is impartial – could not be more important than it is now. #standupforscience

Sending you all best wishes and love,

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

Climate Generation Happenings

Institute for Non-formal Climate Change Education

Register by Feb. 10 to receive the Early Bird Registration price! This Institute is for anyone interested in building their knowledge and confidence to communicate climate change. Join us March 13-15 at the Audubon Center of the Northwoods, where you will engage in climate change activities and workshops, and have a chance to explore the beautiful Northwoods of Minnesota. Click here to read more and to sign up.

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Are you a classroom teacher or non-formal educator interested in training and resources that support the standards? You are invited to our 12th annual Summer Institute, where we guide teachers through the challenges you face in teaching about climate change, and help you gain the confidence and competence to bring this relevant topic to today’s youth. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts from the University of Minnesota on their climate science research, engage with hands-on activities, and learn about how Climate Generation curriculum supports language arts, social studies, and science standards, including the Next Generation Science Standards. Click here to read more and to sign up.

Join Climate Change Educators at the People’s Climate March in Washington D.C.

We are organizing educators from across the country to march together in the People’s Climate Movement April 29th in Washington, D.C., standing up for the importance of climate change education. It is more critical than ever to ensure that the teaching of climate change continues in our classrooms and that every student has basic scientific literacy. Register today to join the march and contact us if you are interested in joining us, or would like to join in the planning! Kristen Poppleton,


Green Difference Award

Project Green Schools honors and recognizes Outstanding National Environmental Education & STEM Education efforts led in Schools & Communities at their Annual Green Difference Awards. Apply NOW for the 9th Annual Green Difference Awards 2017! Green Difference Makers can be: principals,teachers, advisors, citizens, schools, students, or school groups/clubs.
Learn more and apply here!

Let’s Go Solar

Making electricity from solar power is a great way to teach kids many important lessons – from STEM topics to the environmental impacts of energy production. The team has created a web resource that details dozens of fun solar projects, camps, and parent/teacher links to engage students in creative ways.

I See Change: Community Climate and Weather Journal

Investigate how weather and climate change are affecting your environment. The iSeeChange Almanac is a national online platform for members to post about changes they notice in the environment and the impacts of these changes. Each post is synced with weather and climate data and broadcast to the community to investigate bigger-picture climate trends.

2017 SOS Student Contest

NOAA has launched a contest for K-12 and college students to design content for NOAA’s Science On a Sphere. Is there a story you’ve heard about how Earth is changing that you can tell using maps and images? Where do major weather events (like hurricanes and tornados) occur and why? What are the “hotspots” of activity in the ocean and what animals are found there? Create new maps, visualizations, and stories that help share NOAA’s mission in creative and innovative ways. Submissions are due March 17, 2017.

What we’re reading

Exodus: Check out our blog about this incredibly relevant young adult novel that builds a narrative around climate change impacts, refugees, and survival.

Stories from the Field

Talking Climate Change at Birthday Parties and Concerts

Moment of Inspiration

Youth Climate Lawsuit Heads to Trial

21 young people are arguing that by contributing to global-warming pollution, the federal government has violated their rights to life, liberty, and property. We’re cheering them all on!

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