We share and implement a science-based, interdisciplinary model of climate change education and public engagement that engages all learners, and fosters climate literacy and action.
“Too often people view themselves and their actions as separate from the world, when in reality every action, thing, and person is interconnected.”
Bryn Shank, St. Paul Central Student
“Consistency and quality are the best predictors of future success, and the programs of Climate Generation provide powerful evidence of this assertion.”
Craig Johnson, Environmental Science Teacher, White House Champion of Change
“No if ands or buts, we need to come together to get an agenda that we can move down the road, so we can look at adaptation and mitigation and what we can do about it.”
Mark Seeley, Climatologist, Bemidji Climate Convening
In 2006 when Climate Generation was started the education program was centered on adventure learning and expeditions by raising awareness of climate change in the Polar Regions. Although the education program has evolved, we still stay committed to the idea of eyewitness accounts and the metaphor of the expedition. To reflect the evolution of our education program, and to stay current with the field of climate change education, our education program mission was revised in 2011: “to support educators, students and the public with science-based interdisciplinary educational resources on climate change, its implications and solutions to achieve climate literacy.” We accomplish this through curriculum development, professional development and public outreach.
Climate change is the environmental issue of our time and our education program approaches it through the lens of environmental education. As outlined in the original Belgrade Charter (Barry,1976): “the goal of environmental education is to develop a world population that is aware of, and concerned about, the environment and its associated problems, and which has the knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivations, and commitment to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones.” This definition guides our work, reminding us that climate change education should build knowledge of climate science and grow the skills, attitudes and motivations to develop a citizenry that is able and willing to help solve current environmental problems, such as climate change.