Climate Lessons Update – March 2016

Letter to Climate Change Educators

Climate change has not taken the stage in the presidential race yet, but it certainly has been in the news, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s impassioned and eloquent speech during his Oscar acceptance last week where he in part said;

Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this.

Some may roll their eyes at speeches like this, given by those living the life of a movie star, but DiCaprio’s speech was watched by 34.3 million people and was the most-tweeted minute of an Oscars telecast ever, with 440,000 Twitter posts in the span of 60 seconds.  This illustrates the important role those with a platform can play in raising awareness and elevating the voices of those who aren’t being heard and we applaud Leo for taking on climate change!

SI 2015In other news, our friends at the National Center for Science Education, as well as Penn State University, released two articles featuring their research on the state of climate change education in the United States this last week. Their findings highlight the difficulties that you all as educators face to integrate climate change confidently and consistently, and support the need for us to keep doing the work that we do to support you. We applaud all the work that you do to bring climate change to your classrooms and we hope you find support and resources from Climate Generation. Don’t forget to register and share our Summer Institute for Climate Change Education today!

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

Climate Generation Happenings

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Summer_Institute_logoThe Summer Institute for Climate Change Education is the professional development conference for you. Learn about our newest curriculum, Next Generation Climate, which was recently added to the NSTA NGSS Classroom Resources page. We are confirming speakers daily, including Dr. Ben Santer, IPPC author and scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab! Check out our fantastic agenda and register today!

Climate Minnesota webinars

ClimateMN_logo-300x174Join us in hearing what we have learned and discussing what happens next. Over the last year Climate Generation has visited 12 communities throughout the state of Minnesota. We have heard how climate change is impacting our economy, our tourism, our seasons and our way of life. We have also heard stories of community members working towards solutions and connected with organizations, utilities and businesses that can offer specific, tangible solutions. Join us us in hearing what we have learned and discussing what happens next. REGISTER TODAY! These webinars will take place on March 15 and April 14.


Race and Education: A Two-Part Workshop

ywcaJoin the YWCA on March 15 & 22 to discuss race and education. At these two sessions you will learn about the state of education in our community and will equip yourself with knowledge and skills; that’s how you’ll influence change. Session 1 is an Awareness and Knowledge level workshop and Session 2 is a Skills and Practice level workshop. $15 for one session or $25 for both. RSVP by March 8, 2016.

Climate Science in the Classroom: Virtual Conference

NGSS-NSTA-logoJoin NSTA on March 12, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), for the Climate Science in the Classroom virtual conference that will feature climate scientists and education specialists who will share both their knowledge about climate science as well as classroom-ready resources that educators can use with their students.

Interdisciplinary Teaching: Building Sustainability into your Non-Science Class

InTeGrate 2Addressing issues of sustainability requires perspectives and expertise from all kinds of people, that is an ‘interdisciplinary lens’. Focusing on sustainability and climate change issues, this webinar (Wednesday, March 9 @ 3:00CST) features three faculty (philosopher, biologist, and geologist) who are currently using interdisciplinary approaches in both science and non-science courses. Participants will experience how scientific data and principles can be introduced into humanities courses, and how science and engineering students can become more comfortable discussing philosophical issues. Register by Tuesday, March 8.

National Geographic Climate Change

nat geoClimate change is here. Record heat, melting ice, and rising seas show how climate change is affecting us. But there’s new hope we can cool the planet. Here’s how. Read about what’s happening, how we can fix it, and how we live with climate change on this stunning Climate Change site from National Geographic.

Climate Time Machine

nasaThis series of visualizations shows how some of Earth’s key climate indicators are changing over time. See visualizations for sea ice, sea level, carbon dioxide, and global temperature in the Climate Time Machine.

What we’re reading

Science Teachers’ Grasp of Climate Change Is Found Lacking

Stories from the Field

Our Climate Minnesota team headed to Albany last month for the last of 12 public convenings throughout Minnesota. We partnered with our young friends at Youth Energy Summit and we were proud to feature several youth on our storytelling panel. Learn more about how to share your climate story here.

Moment of Inspiration

An Apology Letter to Future Generations

Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince EA, is an American rapper, spoken word artist, music video director and rights activist from St Louis, Missouri. Watch his Apology Letter to Future Generations where he explains what we are doing to the planet, and what we need to do to reverse our negative impacts.

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