Climate Lessons Update – October 2017

Letter to Climate Change Educators

Next month is the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23); when nations of the world come together to advance the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement. Although the United States has “kind of” declared its intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, cities and states around the country remain committed to the goals set forth by the Agreement. We are proud to report that Minnesota is one of 14 states and one territory to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. Recognizing the role that states now play on the international stage, we are sending a multi-sector delegation of Minnesota leaders to the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany from November 6–17. Our eight-member delegation features representation from education, law, philanthropy, youth, elected officials, and indigenous communities. Follow our delegation via blog and web updates for an awesome classroom learning opportunity. We invite you sign up to receive updates November 6-17!

Keep up the great work!
Kristen Poppleton & Jenna Totz
Education Program
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation Happenings

Climate Change and the Mississippi: Meet Us at the Confluence Workshop

Attend our one-day Climate Change and the Mississippi Workshop with the National Park Service, Mississippi Park Connection, and Fort Snelling State Park. Participants will learn about the science, impacts, and solutions of climate change right here in the Midwest.

Sign up for the #TeachClimate Network

Join our #TeachClimate Network for an opportunity to discuss successes and challenges related to climate change education, as well as read a few cli-fi books. We meet monthly on the third Wednesday at 7:00PM Central via Zoom. Join us when you can and please encourage your colleagues to come, too. We will be reading Exodus for our October meeting. Sign up to receive information and the webinar link.

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing science, critical thinking, and problem solving about climate change into the classroom! Next year’s Institute will take place June 26–28 at St. John’s University. Click here to see details about registration.


Leading the World Energy Simulation with Groups

During this webinar, Climate Interactive will introduce the World Energy Simulation, an exercise designed to help people understand global energy and policy dynamics to address climate change. This exercise provides special insight into the forces and factors necessary for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Also, check out updates to the World Climate Simulator to help give your students context to COP23!

A History of Global Warming, In Just 35 Seconds

Last year, there was the temperature spiral. This year, it’s the temperature circle that’s making the trend of global warming crystal clear. A new video shows the rhythm of global warming for countries around the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Bars representing each country’s annual average temperature anomaly pulse up and down. It’s like watching a heartbeat on a monitor.

What Should We Do About America’s Energy Future?

This guide presents three options based on views and concerns of people from across the country. Any path we choose will put some of these concerns into tension with others. Our task is to deliberate, or weigh options for action against the things that people hold valuable. What should America do to ensure a continuing supply of energy to meet our needs as well as those of our children and grandchildren? Use this guide as a discussion starter with your students.

What we’re reading

We are reading Exodus as we get ready for our next #TeachClimate Network meeting. Join us!

Stories from the Field

Climate Education: Minnesota Students Connecting with Japanese Students. A blog by Summer Institute attendee Devon Vojtech.

Moment of Inspiration

Young people from all around the world will come together to the “Conference of Youth“ (COY) for capacity building and discussions about climate change. It is an ideal preparation for the COP (Conference of the Parties).

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