Climate Lessons Update – January 2020

Letter to Climate Change Educators

Happy New Year!

We are starting this year with imagination: envisioning the future world we want to live in and the steps required of us to make that world a reality. In the midst of such turmoil around the world, we know there is no time to waste. Youth are in the streets demanding action on climate change, and we can answer their call as educators; we can support their learning in the classroom and empower them to be critical thinkers, innovators, and environmental stewards outside of them.

For Minnesotan educators, we have an opportunity for your students to make their voices heard at our annual Youth Climate Justice Summit! On Feb. 26 at the State Capitol, youth will talk with their legislators, learn from other youth about environmental justice and the climate movement, and practice how to make their voices heard in shaping climate policy. Consider bringing your class on a field trip! More info here.

Save the date for our Summer Institute for Climate Change Education! The 15th annual Summer Institute will be held at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 22-24, 2020. We invite educators from all subjects and backgrounds to join us for this conference to gain the skills and confidence to teach climate change in the classroom. Sign up for the #TeachClimate Network to be notified when registration opens!

Our education program is excited for the coming year, and we are ready to do this great work with you all!

Megan Van Loh, Education Coordinator
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation Happenings

#TeachClimate Network Meeting

Join us virtually on Thursday, January 30th at 7 p.m. CST for this month’s gathering! We will discuss the themes of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and science teaching, cultural ways of knowing, and respectful and purposeful land acknowledgements. Go here to see a list of articles and resources we recommend reading to prepare for this month! Join Zoom Meeting:

Climate Storytelling Webinar

Join us on January 16th at 12 p.m. CST for a webinar on the power of using personal stories to talk about climate change. We’ll demonstrate how we use personal narratives to connect with people on climate change and will walk through prompts to help you discover your own climate story. Register here.



Multi-media Maps

Check out these three resources to collaboratively create multi-media maps using Google Earth, Google’s My Maps, and Padlet. These are free, user-friendly ways to use geography as a tool to study climate change.

Understanding History and Climate Change

How has society’s action and growth since the turn of the century gotten us to where we are today? Check out this interactive activity from Movement Generation that explores the root causes of climate change through a social science and historical lens.


What We’re Reading

Traditional Ecological Knowledge and teaching climate change go hand in hand. We invite you to read these resources to learn and engage in discussions on how to respectfully bring it into your classroom: Weaving Traditional Ecological Knowledge into Biological Education: A Call to Action by Robin Kimmerer and STEM Teaching Tools: Teaching STEM in Ways that Respect and Build Upon Indigenous People’s rights.


Stories from the Field

Check out this video about how our partners at the Lowell School in Washington, D.C. are living and breathing climate change in their school curriculum, something more and more districts around the country are aiming to do in 2020!


Moment of Inspiration

It’s undeniable — youth are leaders on climate. Watch this TEDx Youth video about how to be a climate activist in four steps! One of them might be reframing what you think a climate activist is.


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