Climate Lessons Update – May 2017

Letter to Climate Change Educators


This was our mantra for the People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. last week. It will continue to be for months to come as we combat climate denial and an administration that willfully ignores the impacts related to climate change and undermines progress being made around the world in greenhouse gas reductions and renewable energy.


  • Reminds us to use the science to help students understand how greenhouse gases are changing our atmosphere.
  • Shows others that educators are committed to ensuring their students are compelled and competent to take climate action in their communities.
  • Stresses that climate change is not just for the science classroom — it can and should be taught in economics, geography, civics, and language arts.

Want to read more about the People’s Climate March? Click here to read about the experience of our Education Coordinator.

Use science. Develop action competence. Be interdisciplinary.

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

Climate Generation Happenings

Full Scholarships to our Summer Institute!

Provide your students with the evidence, the skills to think critically and assess credible information, and the best current resources to develop and engage in solutions. Register today for Climate Generation’s Summer Institute for Climate Change Education and empower your students to #actonclimate. Click here to read more and to sign up. We are also excited to announce that we have received funding for scholarships to our Summer Institute. Click here to apply.

Climate Convenings Toolkit Webinar

Join us for the launch of our new, free resource offering best practices for convening communities on climate change! The Climate Convenings Toolkit shares the essential elements for effective public conversations on climate change, as well as the practical tools for planning and implementing a convening in your community. The 20+ page guide, geared toward anyone interested in catalyzing deeper conversation, understanding and action on climate change, is free and downloadable from our website. Join our Public Engagement Manager, Jothsna Harris on Tuesday, May 23rd, 11-11:30am CDT for the launch of our Climate Convenings Toolkit and practical advice on how to use it. Register Here!

2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees!

Congratulations and keep up the great work making schools living laboratories of learning! Read more.


World Climate Week

World Climate Week 2017 is happening May 15-21! This will be a week where people like you run the World Climate Simulation around the world. This role playing exercise on the UN climate talks can help to keep up momentum toward ensuring a world where global temperature rise is well below 2°C. Climate Generation staff ran a simulation with Lowell School in Washington D.C. just last week, and had a lot of fun with the exercise!

New Specialized e-Learning Module on Children and Climate Change

UN CC:Learn and UNICEF launch a new e-learning module on Children and Climate Change. This module aims to raise awareness and knowledge about the impact of climate change on children as well as opportunities for action.

A Lesson Plan About Climate Change and the People Already Harmed by It

Students might see climate change as a future threat — a prediction about what may happen in the distant future. But do they know that scientific data shows that the Earth’s climate is already changing? In this lesson, students use the Times’s series Carbon’s Casualties to learn about how climate change is displacing people around the world. They then practice the important skill of explaining the science to a skeptical public.

NCSE’s counter — Heartland flyers

NCSE is pleased to announce the release of three flyers addressing the Heartland Institute’s recent mailing of unsolicited climate change denial propaganda to science teachers across the country. “Have You Received This? Then Read This” briefly explains why using the material in the classroom would be a mistake. “Top 5 Reasons Why This Book Doesn’t Belong in Classroom” amplifies this point, noting that the material gets the facts wrong, misrepresents the scientific consensus, slanders the gold standard of climate science review, contradicts state science standards, textbooks, and curricula, and uses sham citations and dishonest tactics. “Heartland’s Claims Against the 97% Climate Consensus” debunks a central claim of the material — that there is not a robust scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change — and explains the significance of the scientific consensus.

What we’re reading

We are so pumped about Project Drawdown! It has made the rounds in the office already. Our favorite solution is #6, what’s yours?

Stories from the Field

Our Director of Education reflects on the recent mailings from the Heartland Institute in, Climate Denial Hits Our Classrooms.

Moment of Inspiration

Watch this great new sequence of short videos from our partner 350!

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