Using the Paris Climate Agreement as a Springboard: Towards Action at COP22

Last year at the COP21 Climate Talks in Paris, countries forged an unprecedented agreement to keep global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius. It was the culmination of years of hard work, sweat, love, frustration, and hope from people across the world: from those on the front lines of climate change to politicians […]

Youth Voices at COP22

While being a part of the environmental movement is very empowering for me, identifying and being perceived as a youth has always been a challenge when entering sophisticated environments facilitated and run by adults. It can often feel like a struggle to recognize that this space also belongs to me, and that I have a […]

Where has all the snow gone?

For those of us Minnesotans that live here because of the snow—this has been a tough winter so far. The weathercasters keep blaming El Niño, but if asked, I’m sure most of us would have a hard time explaining exactly what that means.  Do you know? If you’re a teacher, could you explain it to […]

Dispatches from Inside COP21

Throughout this past week, I have been trying to connect my students to COP21. It has been a challenge, mostly because this conference is unlike any conference I had ever attended. My first day in the blue zone of Le Bourget was overwhelming. Very overwhelming. The sheer size, amount of information, complexity of the negotiations, […]

Ambassadors of Empathy

“If we are willing to open our hearts to the problems of others, then we just might start a real dialogue – and take the first steps toward a movement with the inclusiveness and solidarity necessary to tackle the enormous challenges we all face.” -M. Sanjayan, Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist, Conservation International There […]

Sustaining Hope Through Teachers

Today I want to talk about teachers. I want to talk about the tremendous service they provide to our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and neighbors – to the leaders of tomorrow. Teachers are creative, determined, optimistic and driven; the 10 Education Ambassadors that are here with me here in Paris are no exception. I have […]

Education Day Reflections

Yesterday was the first education day held at a COP, highlighting that climate change education is beginning to be recognized as an important part of the climate change solution. Climate change education is part of the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), found in Article 6, which stipulates the promotion of education, […]

Bringing climate change education to Wisconsin at the Midwest Environmental Education Conference

I had the privilege to attend the Midwest Environmental Education Conference (MEEC) on October 21-24. The event brought formal and non-formal environmental educators together at the Monona Terrace in Madison, WI. Monona Terrace is Silver LEED certified, practices recycling and composting throughout the building, and purchases 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. The conference […]

The Climate Generation

By Cathy de Moll While celebrating the launch of my new book Think South last week, I happened upon several people who followed the book’s subject, the International Trans-Antarctica Expedition, as kids. I met them not, as I anticipated, in the audience, but in various roles surrounding the event. One of the reporters who called for […]

Celebrating 10 years of Climate Education and More!

Letter from the Executive Director June marked several milestones: We hosted our 10th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education where we celebrated 10 successful years of professional development, curriculum and training for over 650 educators since 2006! We participated in the 5,000-strong Tar Sands Resistance March in St. Paul, the largest anti-tar sands demonstration […]