Teaching Climate Change and the Impact of COVID-19

April 13, 2020

During this time of year, we typically would be hunting for Easter eggs, eating chocolates and enjoying new blooms and spring weather. Yet, we’ve adjusted to a new normal and are all doing our best to celebrate the season!

In that light, we want to share some positive things going on today:

  1. To combat shortages of hand sanitizers, alcohol distilleries are producing their own sanitation products and distributing them for free.
  2. Food delivery services are waiving delivery fees for restaurants enabling more affordable meals for customers.
  3. Hotels are opening their rooms to healthcare workers who are helping with outbreaks.

It’s been so inspiring to see different groups step up and help during this time. Also a great group to highlight is a non-profit from America, Climate Generation. Their mission statement reads:

We believe educating is a tool of empowerment and that empowering educators as critical messengers of climate and energy literacy is part of the solution to climate change.

In addition to their curriculum around climate change education, they are helping science and humanities teachers navigate an interesting teaching opportunity. They have put together a handbook of climate change education materials that focus on making the delicate connections between climate change and the impact of COVID-19. These connections provide an interesting opportunity for educators that Climate Generation explores and elaborates on in their handbook. The central question that they answer is, “How can we translate this global response to future responses to climate change?”

Coming away from your home Easter celebrations and into a new week, take a look at their Handbook to learn ways to engage your students in relevant and engaging lessons about sustainability.

Let’s not forget that we’re all in this together and we hope you enjoy these teaching resources!

We love to hear your feedback. Please send us your questions or comments: sarah@solarforschools.co.uk


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