Climate Lessons Update – November 2016

Letter to Climate Change Educators


It’s hard to believe that just over a year ago we were preparing our delegation of ten COP21 Education Ambassadors to head to Paris. The experience was exhilarating, exhausting, and life changing for all of us that attended, as we truly witnessed the making of history. It has been a whirlwind year as the Paris Agreement was signed in New York in April, and entered into force 4 years ahead of the forecasted time, just last Friday!

Today, our COP22 delegation is headed to Morocco and we are so excited to follow Isabel, Siiri, Craig and Johanna, as they too witness history and amplify the importance of climate change education at an international level. If you haven’t signed up yet to follow them through blasts and webcasts, do so today here and read more about them here.

Kristen Poppleton & Jenna Totz
Education Program
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation Happenings

10yearartworkClimate Generation is Celebrating Ten Years!

We are busy preparing for our ten year anniversary week of events. We’re so excited to have guests coming locally, as well as many from out of town including the majority of our COP21 Education Ambassadors! Stay posted as events featuring our speakers and special guests are posted to our events calendar!

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

educatorssi2016You are invited to our 12th annual Summer Institute, where we support teachers through the challenges you face in teaching about climate change, and help you gain the confidence and competence to bring this relevant topic to today’s youth. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts from the University of Minnesota on their research and experience with climate science, engage with hands-on activities that help bring climate change concepts into the classroom, and learn about how Climate Generation curriculum supports language arts, social studies, and science standards, including the Next Generation Science Standards. Click here to read more and to sign up.

Institute for Non-formal Climate Change Education

audubon2013Are you a naturalist, museum educator, or after-school youth program leader? Do you work with community members and the public? This Institute is geared toward anyone interested in learning skills for how to communicate about climate change in non-formal educational settings. Join us March 13-15 at the lovely Audubon Center of the Northwoods, where you will engage in climate change activities and workshops, and have a chance to explore the beautiful northwoods of Minnesota. Click here to read more and to sign up.


Green Ribbon Schools

green-ribbon-schoolIs your school, district or college making strides towards sustainability? Do you want an incentive for improving? Apply now for The Green Ribbon Schools Awards from the U.S. Department of Education. The awards are available to all PreK-12 schools, school districts, and postsecondary institutions. The application is due December 22. The Minnesota applications and resources are at the Minn. Dept. of Education Green Ribbon website. The U.S. Department of Energy Green Ribbon website includes many resources as well, including summaries of applications by past awardees.

NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project

noaaclimatestewardsDo you want to do more than just learn about climate change? Join educators across the United States who are supporting climate resilience. Apply NOW to join the NOAA Climate Stewards 2017 Stewardship Community. Selected educators who meet project requirements will be eligible for: up to $2000 to support the execution of a climate stewardship action project, travel reimbursements to attend select workshops and/or national conferences, and more. Applications are being accepted until midnight November 20, 2016. To learn more about this opportunity and apply, go to the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project Web Site.

Climate Science Academy

climatesciacademyThe Climate Science Academy is an online, self-guided tutorial presented by climate science experts to support learning about and understanding the Earth’s climate system and climate change. This resource, developed by CIRES Education Outreach, provides educators, and others interested in understanding the complexities of climate science, with access to reliable resources that apply accurate scientific information and an Earth systems perspective for learning and teaching about climate with confidence.

Climate Signals

climate-signalsClimate Signals is a digital science platform for cataloging and mapping the impacts of climate change. Explore how climate change affects your world by searching events, impacts, and related climate signals. Search real time data in this exciting new resource.

What we’re reading

Thirty Year Plan, a book from Orion Magazine, where thirty writers and thinkers name one thing we will increasingly need over the next thirty years if humans are going to find a way to live happily, sustainably, redeemably on earth.

Stories from the Field

Read why our Director of Education thinks sending educators and youth to COP22 is important!

Moment of Inspiration

Leonardo DiCaprio UN Speech, Excerpt from Before the Flood

If you didn’t catch National Geographic’s Before the Flood last week, you should! This clip is timely as it shows Leonardo DiCaprio before the United Nations during the signing of the Paris Agreement, which entered in force on Friday!

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