As our COP21 Window Into Paris program approaches, we will be featuring an educator in our delegation each week to share their thoughts on the program and how they plan to incorporate their experience at the UN climate change negotiations into their classrooms.
This week’s featured educator is Nicole Anderson, a French teacher at Ramsey Middle School in St. Paul, Minnesota and at the Concordia Language Villages. Nicole is looking forward to participating in the COP21 climate talks in order to help foster multicultural and interpersonal connections around climate change among her students. In the leadup to the COP21 climate talks, Nicole is making an effort to reduce her personal carbon footprint by biking to school and encouraging others to bike commute as well.
Note: Since recording the video, Nicole’s plans to lead an afterschool program around her participation in the COP21 climate talks have changed, and she will instead be incorporating the climate lessons she mentions into her French classes at Ramsey – she plans to teach about how climate change is affecting the French-speaking countries they are studying, and lead her students in a “mock-UN” simulation of the Paris climate negotiations.
Excerpt from video: “Kids are the ones that need to know about climate change,” said Nicole. “They are going to be living in an era where the effects are going to become more and more intense, and they also need to be the movers and shakers that help us change the things that are affecting climate change.”
Nicole has set up a personal fundraising page to help cover her travel expenses to Paris; any support would be greatly appreciated.