Climate Lessons Update – January 2019

Letter to Climate Change Educators

Happy New Year! We hope you are rested and ready to take on 2019. Enjoy this month’s CLU with a list of our most popular education stories, data, and resources of 2018. Take a look at the list and set some goals to #teachclimate this year!

As we look ahead to 2019, we are excited about the opportunities to engage with you and new teachers from around the country to bring climate change education into the classroom. A few things to look forward to in 2019 are: the release of our new humanities and climate change resources, summer workshops in Minnesota focused on the new science standards, and our 14th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education in Washington D.C.

Are you interested in co-writing a piece with us for Science Scope (the middle school magazine from NSTA)? The theme for their October issue will be Earth and Human Activity. We are looking for a teacher who is using our Next Generation Climate curriculum and could show how their students “ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.” Please email if you are interested.

Want to share why climate change education is so important? Participate in our #TeachClimate365 campaign — our challenge for all of you to bring climate change into your classroom all year, not just for a week-long unit or end of the year add-on! Don’t forget to join our monthly #TeachClimate Network meetings for cli-fi reads and education conversations! Share with us why you think it’s important or how you #TeachClimate365 on your social media platform of choice — don’t forget to tag @ClimateGenOrg and use the hashtag!

Thank you for your commitment to teach climate change this year! Your students will be better equipped to problem solve and seek out opportunities to engage in solutions to climate change.

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

Climate Generation Top 10 Education Stories of 2018


Green Careers for a Changing Climate Documentary

In September we released the Green Careers for a Changing Climate documentary, a 10-minute film about the importance of Green STEM Careers as a solution to climate change.


COP Toolkit

The international climate change negotiations (COP24) took place last month in Poland. In order to help teachers follow along, we created the COP toolkit, complete with background information, readings, and many activities. COP24 may be over, but you can still use the Toolkit to help students understand international climate policy and how the world is working to end climate change.


Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Last year, educators gathered at St. John’s University for three impactful days to gain the tools, resources, and confidence to teach climate change in their educational setting. This year we are packing up and heading to Washington D.C. for our 14th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education. This Institute will focus on bringing climate change education to the humanities.

Teachers attending the Summer Institute for Climate Change Education board a bus


New Humanities Content Resources

Climate change education has historically been tied to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines, but, climate change is an issue that impacts political, social, and economic dimensions and can be used as an integrating context for all subjects. Download our Climate Change Reading Guide and soon-to-be-released Humanities Modules for The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and A Long Walk to Water.


Phenology Resources for Your Classroom

Let’s get kids outside! In March, we featured phenology resources from the CLEAN Network. Use these science-based resources to get your students outside studying nature to see how things change over time.


Grist 50: Because the World Needs Fixers

Meet the people who are cooking up the boldest, most ambitious solutions to humanity’s biggest challenges in Grist’s 50 2018. The list is not just about climate change, but there are many leaders who are working with youth, cities, businesses, and the public to make big changes around the country. Talk about inspiration!

Grist 50! Because the World needs Fixers


Black Panther Viewing Guide

You’ve probably already seen Black Panther. Before watching it again, give this viewing guide a read. Including content related to culture, education, and technology, this guide will provide you and your students with several things to think about while watching or to discuss after.

Black Panther movie logo


Curriculum Suite

For educators looking for climate change and energy education resources, our curriculum suite features five free guides with new humanities modules and content. There are lessons and activities for earth science, social studies, English/Language Arts, life science, media, physical science, and more.


Fourth National Climate Assessment

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) assesses the science of climate change and variability and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century. The 2018 report findings list Key Messages and supporting evidence from chapters on various national topics, regions of the U.S., and societal response strategies. You can use this resource with your students to investigate the impacts that your region is experiencing.

Fourth National Climate Assessment cover


School Board Resolution Toolkit

Advocate for teaching climate change in your school! Start the new year with our Climate Commitments: School Board Resolution Toolkit to bring a resolution to your school board and commit your school district to teach climate change and climate solutions.

Climate Commitments: School Board Resolution Toolkit

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