Climate Change Education

What could you do as a teacher to help this next generation with this emerging climate crisis? This website is designed to help you include climate action and education into your lesson plans in every subject! This climate crisis is already here, dangerous heat warnings and global weather disasters are already happening and are going to continue at rapid rates. This next generation of youth are going to face it head on. On this website, we have linked resources to help you as an educator to include climate education in your classroom.  Many adults do nto believe that children have Read More

The Importance of Teaching Climate Justice

Climate change and climate justice are often wrongly thought of as the same thing. Another misconception comes when people focus only on what is currently wrong and how to fix that. Climate justice is a critical issue because some groups are more responsible for creating the problem, it impacts people differently, and people don’t all have the same capacity to adapt to the changes. The truth is, you cannot expect to make change without making the problem known across the board first. Change needs a group of knowledgeable, practiced leaders. The thought is intimidating and often avoided for that reason Read More

False Climate Solutions: How to Spot and Teach Contradictions

There are many climate “solutions” out there that are marketed to us consumers. These “solutions” are given to us as a sense of comfort in this existential dread that looms over us. However, they are not as beneficial as they might seem, and not all solutions are actually helpful. The goal of this continuous conversation is to assist students in distinguishing between genuine attempts to address the situation and the numerous pseudo-solutions that, upon closer inspection, turn out to be greenwashed products or practices that are more concerned with protecting the profits of polluting businesses than with protecting people and Read More

The Climate Crisis Has a History — Teach It

Zinn Education Project is making available a new interactive timeline to help students understand the long history that led to the current climate emergency. “We invite teachers and students to examine the choices and stakes that animate the climate crisis, and to work together toward meaningful solutions. Our timeline traces its roots from European colonial expansion and racial capitalism to present-day fossil fuel industry and government projects that exploit and destroy the Earth in the name of maximum profit. It also emphasizes moments and movements of resistance and activism that inform climate justice work today. Scientific discoveries and disinformation — Read More

No Miracles Needed

January 26, 2023 posted by Peter Crownfield How wind, sun, and water can power the world Mark Stanford, who teaches civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, makes the case that existing technologies for renewable energy and energy conservation can meet all our energy needs.  A January 23 article in The Guardian gives a brief recap: “ No miracles needed: Prof Mark Jacobson on how wind, sun, and water can power the world”.  The article quotes Jacobson as saying ”We have 95% of the technologies right now that we need to solve the problem.… The missing 5% is for long-distance aircraft and ships, for Read More

‘Curriculum Violence’

A reader on our website  suggested we mention a recent article that focuses on ways to avoid and address curriculum-related trauma and includes many useful resources for educators. (The term ‘curriculum violence’ is used to call attention to the fact that what schools teach — and fail to teach —as well as how they teach can result in trauma to some children.)  ‘How to Address Trauma Related to Curriculum Violence’.  

Quote of the Week (1/17)

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.”  – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Christmas Eve Speech in 1947 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia)