Climate Lessons Update – November 2019

Letter to Climate Change Educators

November CLUWe hope you are settling into a routine with your students, school, and colleagues. If you need an extra push to bring climate change into your classroom this fall, check out our tips below!

  • Make the information place-based and relevant to your local community. Check and see if your city has a climate action plan that talks about local solutions!
  • Climate change education is interdisciplinary. It doesn’t need to sit only in the science classroom. Check out our Humanities resources!
  • Get outside and connect with nature! Have students record the daily temperature and observe the environment around your school.
  • Use the power of stories to inspire change and connect communities. Check out the book, Rising by Elizabeth Rush, which shares real stories of people in the U.S. affected by sea level rise.
  • Bring attention to issues of equity across the issue of climate change. Recognize that the problem is rooted in inequities in marginalized communities, but that people in these communities are also leading on solutions! The Zinn Education Project provides awesome curricula on social justice, which ties directly to climate change.
  • Focus on solutions! It is important that students have hope and feel like they can do something. Check out these Action Projects from youth who have made change in their schools!

Come visit us at the Minnesota Science Teachers Conference on Friday, November 8 in St. Cloud, MN, and at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference in Austin, TX, November 22-24, and get hands-on training with our resources!

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

Climate Generation Happenings

United Nations Climate Negotiations: COP25


Every year we send delegations of youth, educators, and multi-sector representatives to participate in the global UN climate negotiations: the Conference of the Parties (COP). This year COP25 was to take place in Santiago de Chile, but was suspended due to political unrest in Santiago and will now be held in Madrid, Spain. Learn more about our delegation this year through two opportunities!

  1. A webinar on COP25 and our unique focus highlighting stories from Indigenous and Latinx communities at the frontlines of climate impacts across the American continents, and how they are leading the way to build a resilient and equitable future.
  2. A webinar on how integrate the COP into your classroom using our COP Educator Toolkit.

Read more in our statement on the changes and follow us on social media for updates!

#TeachClimate Network

Hour of the BeesJoin our #TeachClimate Network with educators from around the country! Every month we meet virtually to discuss climate change education, and we invite you to read a cli-fi book, article, or watch a film. This month’s virtual meeting is Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. CDT. We will be discussing the book, Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar. We will also have special guests, Natalie Stapert and Dave Levy, who are middle school teachers at the Lowell School in Washington, D.C. and have used this book in their classrooms!



Skype A Scientist

Skype a ScientistInterested in having a guest speaker in your classroom? Skype A Scientist matches scientists with classrooms around the world! Teachers can choose the type of scientist that fits their classroom, and students can interact and ask questions during the session.

Drawdown Learn Conference and Ecochallenge

DrawdownProject Drawdown held their annual conference in partnership with the Omega Institute in New York this past October, and brought together high school students, teachers, indigenous leaders, policy experts, librarians and scientists to learn about climate change solutions. Read about the experience here! Inspired to take action in your school or community? Find out if there is a Drawdown Ecochallenge team in your community, and if there isn’t, go ahead and start one!

Redford Center Stories

Redford Center StoriesDesigned to build youth environmental leadership through storytelling, the Redford Center is hosting an environmental storytelling video contest for classrooms. This year’s contest challenges students to reimagine materials production, use and waste. Registration is open to middle school teachers with iPad-equipped classrooms. The deadline to submit videos is March 9, with the winners announced on Earth Day.


What We’re Reading

Hour of the BeesCheck out the young adult novel, Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar. Magic blends with reality in this stunning coming-of-age novel about a girl, a grandfather, wanderlust, and reclaiming your roots. We are going to discuss this book at our upcoming #TeachClimate Network meeting on Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m. CDT.


Stories from the Field

24 Hours of RealityOn November 20-21, people around the world will be leading on climate in their communities for the 24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action, an initiative of the Climate Reality Project. We invite you to do your part and choose that day to teach climate in your classroom! Check out our curricula or show the documentary, Green Careers for a Changing Climate!

For educators everywhere: We are offering a virtual Storytelling Workshop on Thursday, November 21 at 12 p.m. CDT. You and your classes are free to join by registering via Zoom. Check out our Storytelling Workshop Lesson for the classroom, if you can’t make it this time.

For Twin Cities, Minnesota educators: We are offering a free workshop on Wednesday, November 20 at 6:45 p.m. at the Hamline Midway Library in St. Paul to provide activities to teach the next day!


Moment of Inspiration

Greta & Tokata
Photo by Chynna Lockett, South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish youth climate activist, made a visit to the Dakotas to meet another youth activist, Tokata Iron Eyes. These two youth come from very different backgrounds, but are both passionate leaders in the climate movement! Read about their meeting here.


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