Minnesota’s Changing Climate Updates, May 25

MNMapresizeWe are happy to announce that Minnesota’s Changing Climate received the Environmental Education Award at the 2012 Environmental Initiative Awards! Thanks to all of our partners who made this work possible!

As the school year is winding down and you are looking back on all you have accomplished this year, please share your thoughts on Minnesota’s Changing Climate with us by taking our brief survey. This is your last chance to share feedback before the new edition is finalized. Thank you so much to those who have already shared their thoughts!

The first public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards became available last week and we were happy to see the inclusion of climate change as a core idea. Read more.

Duluth News Tribune published Kristen Poppleton’s response to Congressman Chip Cravaack’s amendment to cut funding for the National Science Foundation’s Climate Change Education Program.

Thanks for all your great work!

Kristen and Ann

Featured Resources

The Natural Resources Defense Council has a great resource that examines what states are doing to prepare for climate change impacts on water resources and what risks they face.

Read this excellent article on the signifcant impact of climate change on moose in Minnesota’s coniferous biome.

Upcoming Event

The White House is hosting a Community Partnership Summit in Minneapolis on June 8, and there will be a Clean Air, Climate and Health roundtable event at the summit.

Professional Development Opportunities

Start your summer reading with the Not-So-Serious Book Club:

You are invited to discuss Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd online June 1, Friday 2:30 CT.

The Carbon Diaries 2015 is a story told through the eyes of a teen punk rock guitarist girl. The UK is the first to ration carbon emissions, and society is turned upside down. It’s a quick read, maybe a good way to relieve your mind of end-of-semester woes. if you can, please share thoughts on the ICEE forum – even if you do not have time to read the book this is a great way to learn about this Young Adult Fiction book. You may view and post here and log into the meeting space here. Enter as a guest-you don’t need a login and password. You will get a free conference call number next week and it will be on the meeting space as you come in. Join here.

Take the time to share information about the 2012 Summer Institute with any of your colleagues who may be interested. Check out the great representation we already have on the map of schools registered for the 2012 Summer Institute. Let’s get even more!

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