Climate Lessons Update – October 2016

Letter to Climate Change Educators

We hope you are settling into the new school year and enjoying fall weather! At Climate Generation we are busy working with our new crew of Education Ambassadors, discussing challenges and opportunities in climate change education. It’s hard to believe it was just a year ago that we were preparing our delegation of 10 Education Ambassadors for the International Climate Change Negotiations, COP21! This year COP22 will take place in Marrakech, Morocco and we are supporting an intergenerational delegation including a teacher, a high school student, and a recent college graduate. Although this year’s negotiations are not as high profile as last year’s which produced the Paris Agreement, there is still much work to be done and insights to gain observing international policy in the making. We hope you and your students choose to follow us, and as you prepare, look back at the online resources from our delegations at COP15 and COP21, as well as our Citizen Climate curriculum resource. Stay tuned for a new lesson with an overview of the Paris Agreement.

Happy October!

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

Climate Generation Happenings

Follow Us at COP22

ImpressionAt the Marrakech Climate Change Conference, COP22, nations of the world will continue their work on strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, with the central focus placed on enhancing ambition, promoting implementation and providing support (more here).

Sign up to receive updates from our COP22 delegation. This year’s intergenerational delegation includes a high school student, a recent college graduate, and a teacher. You will receive six e-newsletters between November 4-18, the opportunity to tune into webcasts, and links to our delegation’s blogs. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ClimateGenOrg and use #teachCOP22. Please note this is a special list, you will only receive these updates if you sign up.

Curricula and Resources Webinar

curriculua suite1Join us for a Curricula and Resources Webinar on Monday, October 24th at 6:00pm. Our Education Program staff will show you our curricula suite, other CG resources, and professional development opportunities that you can take part in during this 30 minute webinar. If you would like to know more about our resources or how to get involved with our professional development opportunities, this webinar is for you. Sign up here.

October is for Conferences!

conferencetableOur education staff is going to be busy in October with conference presentations and exhibiting at the North American Association for Environmental Education Conference in Madison, the regional National Science Teachers Association Conference in Minneapolis, and our statewide teacher conference, Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA). Attend one of our sessions or stop by our booth and share why you #teach4climate and take a picture in our selfie frame!

Climate Generation Education Ambassadors

EducationAmbassadorsFall2016Our four fall semester ambassadors are teaching climate change for different reasons, but they are all committed to helping their students understand the science of climate change. Two main themes have surfaced so far from our conversations: finding authentic, local data to use with their students and engaging their students in service learning and action opportunities. Even though our ambassadors teach different grade levels and subject areas we are asking them to think a lot about action competence around climate change education, as this article presents.

Interested in being an Ambassador? We are accepting applications for Spring semester 2017. Click here to learn more and apply.


World Climate Week

worldclimateFrom October 6th-19th, people worldwide will join together for World Climate Week to build awareness about climate action. Will you join? World Climate Week is aimed at engaging people with World Climate Simulations around the world. These mock-UN climate negotiation events will be held  a month before the actual COP 22 climate talks. This will offer a concrete moment to generate conversations that can be part of the wave of action that encourages climate action.

Project Polar Bear – Bright Young Minds Outsmart CO2

polar-bearProject Polar Bear is an international competition between student groups taking action to fight climate change. With the guidance of an advisor, groups compete by creating a plan for a project that will help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and engage their communities. This can be a plan for a new project or a proposal to continue an existing project. Click here to learn more and to sign up.

Kids vs. Gov

kidsvsgovOn Sept. 13, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken heard oral arguments representing all of the parties on Juliana, et al. v. United States, et al, which was first filed in 2015 by the young plaintiffs, ages 8-19, and climate scientist Dr. James Hansen. Read more about it here. According to the nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, “the plaintiffs are suing the federal government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property and their right to essential public trust resources, by permitting, encouraging and otherwise enabling continued exploitation, production and combustion of fossil fuels.”

Phenology Conference and New Observation Portal

citsciDo your students take part in citizen science? Check out the new Phenology Observation Portal to download customized phenology data files. If you would like to get your students involved in citizen science, consider attending the Citizen Science 2017 Conference in Minneapolis this spring. Join other educators May 17th – 20th, 2017 to discuss the many ways to use citizen science with your students, the public, or in your own backyard.

What we’re reading

Nation’s Largest Teachers Union Endorses Teaching “Climate Justice”

Stories from the Field

Read about the experiences of our Communications Coordinator and Program Coordinator’s time in Glacier National Park hiking with Climate Ride.

Last week our Director of Education, Kristen Poppleton, joined 14 other leaders in climate science, social science, education, and climate resiliency in Washington D.C. for the inaugural meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. Read more about her experience.

Moment of Inspiration

Listen to this story from MPR about teaching middle-schoolers climate change without terrifying them.

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