Climate Lessons Update – February 2019

Letter to Climate Change Educators

Climate change is an interdisciplinary issue. We know climate change intersects with not only scientific, but also political, social, and economic dimensions. Learning about climate change in a subject other than science gives new context and offers diverse opinions and ideas to help students learn about the world around us, preparing them for a changing future.

We have offered the Summer Institute for Climate Change Education for the past 14 years as a way to give educators the tools and confidence to integrate climate change into their classroom. This summer, we are focusing on integrating climate change into social studies, humanities; and ELA at our Summer Institute in Washington D.C. August 5-7. We are so lucky to have partners Frank Niepold, NOAA’s Senior Climate Education Program Manager, and Natalie Stapert of the Lowell School helping us plan a fantastic agenda. Registration is open and scholarships are available.

Highlights include:

  • Participating in the World Climate Simulation
  • Field trip around D.C. featuring their climate action plan
  • New resources — including Climate Generation humanities curriculum and book guides
  • Climate change trivia night at a local brewery

Check out this article featuring Natalie Stapert detailing our partnership integrating climate change into their humanities curriculum.

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Please reach out if you have any questions. See you in D.C.!

Jenna Totz and Megan Van Loh
Climate Change Education Program
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation Happenings

MINNESOTA EDUCATORS: Youth Climate Justice Summit

YEA! MNJoin us for a day at the Capitol on February 20th! The Youth Climate Justice Summit is a chance for youth to experience first-hand how to participate in government. Meet with the Governor and the MN Legislators that represent your district to talk with them about why you care about climate change and social justice. It is also a chance for youth from across Minnesota to meet each other and discuss how to make change in our communities. Students can learn about the youth-led Minnesota Can’t Wait movement and become a part of climate leadership in Minnesota!

We’re speaking at the National Green Schools Conference

Attending the Green Schools Conference in April? Be sure to attend our panel — Climate Change Education: When Youth and Teachers Lead at 10:30 am on April 8th. Learn of the decades of effective national climate change educational programs from NOAA’s Climate Education Office and how Climate Generation strategically engages audiences to make an impact. The panel will feature NOAA’s Senior Climate Education Program Manager Frank Niepold, Climate Generation’s Climate Change Education Manager Jenna Totz, and YEA! MN/MN Can’t Wait youth leader and Minneapolis South High School student Sophia Manolis.

Calling all Washington State Educators

We’ve teamed up with NOAA’s Climate Office and the CLEAN Network to support the Washington state ClimeTime initiative through a three-part webinar series! Register or view past webinars here! Anyone is welcome to join, but priority for Washington state residents.

#TeachClimate Network

Join the #TeachClimate Network to share challenges and successes of implementing climate change education, discuss climate change fiction (cli-fi) books, and talk to other educators from around the country. We meet monthly online via Zoom. Join us on February 19th when we discuss South Pole Station!

Green Schools Catalyst Articles

In the December issue of the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly, several of our partners and our Director of Programs, Kristen Poppleton, were featured. Read about building K-12 teachers capacity to teach climate change, bringing climate change literacy to middle school students through the humanities, and the experience of Minnesota youth at COP24. The issue features even more wonderful articles and columns from educators around the country.

Resources

KidWind Challenge

KidWind has been helping students and teachers learn about wind energy for 15 years. The KidWind Challenge is an event that allows students to explore the power of wind by building and testing their own wind turbines. Currently, you can participate in two ways at events or online. If you live in MN, there are two events coming up for educators and students.

Education Mandates Around the Country

The National Center for Science Education is keeping an eye out for bills that would influence climate science literacy in schools around the US. Read the latest on anti-NGSS bills in Iowa and Connecticut, and bills in Washington state that are aimed at “establishing a comprehensive initiative to increase learning opportunities and improve educational outcomes in climate science literacy.”

Minnesota Can’t Wait!

“Minnesota youth took a courageous step for climate action on a sunny, snow-free January day in St. Paul. Amid nervous cheers, the country’s first youth-led state-level Green New Deal effort met with the state’s new governor. It’s the latest sign that the idea of promoting social and environmental progress together is gaining steam.” Thank you to Eric Holthaus from Grist for writing this powerful article about students leading with MN Can’t Wait: Minnesota youth demand Green New Deal in meeting with governor.

What We’re Reading

We’re reading South Pole Station to get ready for our next #TeachClimate Network meeting on Tuesday, February 19th.

Stories from the Field

Check out two blogs from #TeachClimate Network Educators:

A Journey of Discovery by Betsy Wilkening

Weather Woman by Devarati Bhattacharya

Moment of Inspiration

Meet Lia Harel from MN Can’t Wait

Lia Harel is a senior at Hopkins High School who lives in Minnetonka. Here’s why she’s calling for climate action in Minnesota now.

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