Climate Lessons Update – October 2018

Letter to Climate Change Educators

Across the world we are seeing more and more extreme weather; from Hurricane Florence to Typhoons Trami and Mangkhut, to exceptional drought conditions across much of the southwestern U.S. These intense storms and prolonged weather events are taking a toll on people, animals, and the land and water around us. In our lifetimes we may see the addition of the Category 6 hurricane.

We know these events are becoming more extreme because of climate change. Fortunately, there is some good news: renewable energy powered the many areas hit by Florence that were able to recover first. As renewable energy continues to grow, we are addressing climate change not only through elimination of GHG emissions, but through building communities that are more resilient to climate change impacts. This month, we’re sharing resources about extreme weather as well as clean, renewable energy. Use these resources to show your students the exciting Green Careers opportunities, the economic benefits of a clean energy economy, and the impacts a low-carbon society can have on the world around us.

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Want your voice to be heard? Participate in our #TeachClimate365 campaign — our challenge for you to bring climate change into your classroom all year, not just for a week-long unit or end of the year add-on! Connect with us as we share resources and reasons why we #TeachClimate365 on Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to join our monthly #TeachClimate Network meetings for cli-fi reads and education conversations! Share with us @ClimateGenOrg how you #TeachClimate365 on your social media platform of choice.

Jenna Totz
Climate Change Education Manager
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#TeachClimate Network

Join the #TeachClimate Network to discuss climate change fiction (cli-fi) books, share challenges and successes of implementing climate change education, and talk to other educators from around the country. We meet monthly online via Zoom. Join us!

MINNESOTA Educators: Youth Climate Kickoff

Help spread the word — high schoolers can start the year off with climate action! Join youth from across MN at the Youth Climate Kickoff, Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:30-4pm at Central High School in St. Paul. This is a youth-led day of workshops and fun. Meet engaged youth, spark ideas, and plan action projects for the year. Free, with lunch provided! Digital participation available. Reach out if you need transportation support.

Green Careers for a Changing Climate Documentary

We have a new resource for your classroom! Green Careers for a Changing Climate is a ten-minute documentary — which is now closed-captioned — that introduces students to Green STEM Careers through interviews with five Green STEM professionals. Click here to get to the documentary, discussion guide, and activities for your students.


It’s Happening!

The Redford Center has released resources for teachers and Minnesotans: Teaching Happening, an interdisciplinary, modular curriculum developed to work alongside The Redford Center’s documentary Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution. Happening Minnesota: A Clean Energy Road Trip is an example of what can happen when a state fully commits itself to a clean energy future, sets aggressive targets, and then shatters them. Yay Minnesota!

Data on Solar and Wind Production

Climate Central offers a wealth of graphs, maps, and data for teachers and students to see how climate change is affecting their region. Just released are tools to see wind and solar electricity generation information from yesterday and forecasts for today and tomorrow, as well as data about solar and wind job growth around the U.S.

Decoding the Weather Machine

Disastrous hurricanes. Widespread droughts and wildfires. Withering heat. Extreme rainfall. It is hard not to conclude that something’s up with the weather, and many scientists agree. In Decoding the Weather Machine, NOVA will cut through the confusion around climate change. Join scientists around the world on a quest to better understand the workings of the weather and climate machine we call Earth.

Sea Level Rise and the Fate of Coastal Cities

Carbon pollution locks in sea-level rise for centuries. Learn how the fate of coastal cities depends on cutting emissions now with this new Google Earth interactive, Sea Level Rise and the Fate of Coastal Cities from Climate Central.

What We’re Reading

The End We Start From to prepare for our #TeachClimate Network meeting on Oct 23rd.

Stories from the Field

Check out our newly published four-part series, Climate Change in the Classroom, about the activities, lessons, and standards that teachers from various subject areas and grade levels use to teach climate change.

Moment of Inspiration

The Power of Minnesota Documentary

Across the state, Minnesota communities are seizing the opportunity to reduce taxes, create jobs, and improve the air and water. In those communities, students are training for the most in-demand jobs, small business owners are innovating, and farmers are diversifying their income all to ensure a cleaner and more prosperous future.

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