Minnesota’s Changing Climate Updates, November 30

MNMapresizeWe had another fantastic day of school visits with Will Steger on November 18 when we visited Roseville Area Middle School and MetroTech Career Academy. During each visit, students presented the work that they have been doing with the Minnesota’s Changing Climate curriculum and Will spoke to large groups of students. Read more about the November 18 visits.

Thanks to Kay Nowell for sharing this informative video that was created about the impacts of climate change on the lives of students in Alaska. The students emphasize how climate change is affecting their community and sense of place. This is a great example of a project that students can help create about their own experiences and what they are learning about climate change.

We are beginning to revise the Minnesota’s Changing Climate curriculum for a second edition. If you have feedback about lessons that have or have not worked well that you have not yet shared, please email Kristen, kristen@willstegerfoundation.org. We will also begin to contact teachers individually in the upcoming weeks who were planning on using the curriculum in the fall. Thank you in advance for sharing your feedback and examples of your students’ work.

In a November 2011 survey, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication found that the majority of Americans think that global warming worsened recent extreme weather events. If you are looking for resources to teach about extreme weather and climate change, the Will Steger Foundation provides this resource.

Join the Learnin’ From Durban video conference with delegates at the UN Climate Conference in Durban, South Africa. This YEA! MN event will take place Saturday, December 3 at the Edina Library from 2pm to 4pm and is co-sponsored by the Citizen’s Climate Lobby and Cool Planet. Contact Joe, YEA! MN Coordinator, with any questions about this event, joe@willstegerfoundation.org.

If you are still planning on creating or working on PSAs with your students, check out these examples for some inspiration.

We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Kristen Poppleton

Ann Benson

Featured Resource

Minnesota Renewable Energy Society, Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon and others created a new guide to renewable energy projects in schools. Learn more and download the guide.

Funding Resources

Enter the Get Green Video Contest with a video about how science, technology, engineering or math can make your city greener. Deadline: December 8, 2011

Apply for Captain Planet Foundation Grants to promote environmental education in schools and help young people engage in environmental stewardship. Deadline: January 15, 2012

EarthEcho Water Planet Challenge Grants support service learning projects that improve water resources. Deadline: February 1, 2012

Professional Development Opportunity

The National Environmental Education Foundation and its partners are hosting a free Greening the Schoolyard: Gardens and Habitats webinar on Wednesday, December 7 at 6pm. Register here.

Future Opportunity

Present on your great work teaching about climate change at the 2012 Minnesota Environmental Education Conference, June 21 and 22 at Itasca State Park.

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