Virtually Experience our Climate Literacy Webinar Series

Winter of 2019 Climate Generation co-hosted a webinar series with NOAA’s Climate Office, the Washington state ClimeTime initiative, and the CLEAN Network. This three part series featured presentations from climate change science and education experts, and included grade level and content specific resources to bring into your classroom.

February 25

Topic: The National Climate Assessment: Focus on the Northwest
Speaker: Michael Chang, Cheryl Manning
Resources shared for: 9-12 Educators

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Mike Chang is the Climate Adaptation Specialist for the Makah Tribe and discussed the National Climate Assessment. He has led the Makah Tribe’s Climate Impacts Assessment and coordinates the climate adaptation and resiliency planning process across tribal departments and the Makah tribal community. He is an author for the Northwest chapter of the recent U.S. 4th National Climate Assessment, where he focused on highlighting climate impacts to Tribes and Indigenous peoples, cultural heritage, and frontline communities.

Cheryl Manning teaches Honors Earth & Space Science, Honors Chemistry, and AP Environmental Science at Evergreen High School in Evergreen, Colorado. She is currently serving a Fellowship with the National Science Foundation (NSF), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), in the Office of the Assistant Director (OAD). Recently, Cheryl created online tools for teachers to plan climate change lessons and units congruent with NGSS for the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network. She shared some of these units on the webinar.

January 28

Topic: Integrating Native Ways of Knowing on Climate Change
Speakers: Dr. Devarati Bhattacharya (CYCLES) and Catherine Techtmann (G-WOW)
Resources shared for: K-5 Educators

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First people’s traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) helps provide long term place-based evidence of climate change that we can use to evaluate changes we are observing to determine whether they may be caused by climate change or short term weather variability. Learn about two models that have worked to integrate TEK and place-based learning into climate change education partnerships with native communities.

Cathy Techtmann, UW Extension Environmental Outreach State Specialist, and Dr. Devarati Bhattacharya, K-16 STEM Education Postdoctoral Fellow a the University of Nebraska, provided case studies of their experience working collaboratively with local native communities integrating climate change education.

Resources and examples of activities that K-5 educators can use to effectively facilitate place-based education and integrate native ways of knowing on climate change were shared.

February 4

Topic: Evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century
Dr. Ben Santer, Jenna Totz
Resources shared for: 6-8 Educators

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This webinar highlighted background information and resources that provide students with opportunities to analyze,interpret, and apply the evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.

Dr. Ben Santer is a climate researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, specializing in the statistical analysis of climate data sets and the identification of human factors in climate variables. He served as convening lead author of the climate-change detection and attribution chapter of the 1995 IPCC report.

We featured resources and examples of activities that 6-8 educators can bring to their classrooms that bring this content to life.