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A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy – Science (CA Dept of Education)
Arctic Report Card 2016. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] website [www.arctic.noaa.gov/Report-Card/Report-Card-2016]
Art of Sustainability. Sustainability Institute at Florida A&M. [sustainability.famu.edu/engagement/art]
The art of sustainability: imagination, not spreadsheets will create change. The Guardian, 24 May 2013.
Assessing ‘Dangerous Climate Change’: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature, by James Hansen, Johan Rockström, and 15 other scientists. Public Library of Science (PLOS), 2013. [journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0081648]
Astronomy and the Climate Crisis, by Antony Cooke. Springer, 2012. [www.springer.com/us/book/9781461446071]
Astronomy, Cycles, and Climate Change (Geological Digressions blog, 4 August 2016) [www.geological-digressions.com/?p=887]
A bridge to nowhere: methane emissions and the greenhouse gas footprint of natural gas [PDF]. Robert W. Howarth. Energy Science and Engineering, 2014.
Calculating GHG Inventories. Tufts University
Calculating the Energy from Sunlight Over a 12-hour Period (NASA)
The Carbon Cycle. Kids’ Crossing (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
The Carbon Cycle. NASA website. [earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/CarbonCycle]
Carbon Cycle & Photosynthesis, Combustion, Sedimentation, Respiration, & Human Impacts. University of California – Davis. [chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Biological_Chemistry/Biochemical_Cycles/Carbon_Cycle]
Carbon Flows diagram 2014. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2016. Sankey chart showing sources, carbon flows & processes, and destinations. [flowcharts.llnl.gov/commodities/carbon]
Carbon Footprint Calculator (free). Carbon Footprint. [www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx]
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (Formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change). A highly-rated center for reliable information, policy proposals, and action plans. [www.c2es.org]
Center for the Study of the Steady-State Economy. [www.steadystate.org]
Children of the Earth United website. Ideas, writing, and lessons by students (Amazing Animals, Awesome Activities, Creative Kids, Earth Issues, Eco-Careers, Great Books, Green Homes, Native Wisdom, Nature Programs, Powerful Plants, Recycling, We Give Thanks) [www.childrenoftheearth.org]
Climate Accountability Scorecard. Union of Concerned Scientists, 2016. Climate deception, disclosure, and action by major fossil-fuel companies.
Climate Adaptation – State of Practice in U.S. Communities. Kresge Foundation, November 2016. [www.kresge.org/sites/default/files/library/climate-adaptation-the-state-of-practice-in-us-communities-full-report.pdf]
Climate Change and Your Community. Two short video clips from PBS.
Climate Change, Climate Justice. Trócaire, Republic of Ireland (Overseas Development Agency of the Catholic Church of Ireland). A variety of resources.
[Include useful resources, but please note that they are produced by a church-related organization, and may contain a few religious references.] Climate Change Education. Stanford University School of Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences website. Curriculum for middle school and high school.
Climate Change Information Kit [PDF]. UNFCCC, UNEP, Very comprehensive resource –some information needs to be updated but still very useful. [unfccc.int/resource/iuckit/cckit2001en.pdf]
Climate Change, Global Warming & Solutions for Elementary School. Climate Change Education website. [www.climatechangeeducation.org/k-12_schools/curriculum/elementary_school.html]
Climate Change, Global Warming & Solutions for Middle School. Climate Change Education website. Resource list & links. [www.climatechangeeducation.org/k-12_schools/curriculum/middle_school.html]
Climate Change, Global Warming & Solutions for High School. Climate Change Education website. [www.climatechangeeducation.org/k-12_schools/curriculum/high_school.html]
Climate Hot Map website. Union of Concerned Scientists. Explore the signs of global warming on this map or Google Earth. The evidence of climate change includes heat waves, sea-level rise, flooding, melting glaciers, earlier spring arrival, coral reef bleaching, and the spread of disease. [climatehotmap.org]
Climate Tipping Points: Current Perspectives and State of Knowledge. Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting (2009).
Consequences of Climate Change. National Aeronautics & Space Administration [NASA]. [climate.nasa.gov/effects]
Cross-Curricular Math, English, and Science Lesson. Open Educational Resources website.
Current state of the polar ice caps. [nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews]
, by Michael K. Stone & Zenobia Barlow. Center for Ecoliteracy, 2012. [www.ecoliteracy.org/book/ecoliterate] EcoLiterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence
EcoMusicology website. [www.ecomusicology.info]
Effects of Global Warming. National Geographic website.
Emission Factors for GHG Inventories [PDF], Environmental Protection Agency [EPA]. (Note: this sheet is included with the School GHG Calculator.)
[PDF]. United Nations Environmental Programme [UNEP]. Emissions Gap Report
Energy Flows diagram 2021. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2016. Sankey chart showing sources, energy flows & processes, and destinations/uses.[flowcharts.llnl.gov/]
Global Sea Level Rise Map. Geology.com website – lets you see sea level rise of various amounts [geology.com/sea-level-rise]
Global Warming. Teaching & Learning Center website. Resources on biodiversity, desertification, deforestation, environmental science, energy, el Niño, food, meteorology & weather, polar regions,
Global Warming Science. Union of Concerned Scientists website [www.ucsusa.org/our-work/global-warming/science-and-impacts/global-warming-science]
Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect. Tufts University.
Global Warming Potential [PDF]. GHG Protocol. Global Warming Potential
Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry, by Bill McKibben. The Nation, April 2016. [www.thenation.com/article/global-warming-terrifying-new-chemistry]
Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math, by Bill McKibben. Rolling Stone, July 2012. [www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719]
Greenhouse Gas Index, Annual. Earth System Research Laboratory (NOAA)
How to Teach High-School Students to Spot Fake News. Slate.com, December 2016. [slate.com/technology/2016/12/media-literacy-courses-help-high-school-students-spot-fake-news.html]
Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise [PDF]. NASA, 1999. (Curriculum document, good source for calculation methods, but volume of ice sheets may not be up to date.) [pumas.nasa.gov/files/02_10_97_1.pdf]
Indigenous Environmental Network. [www.ienearth.org]
(consisting of several complementary reports). Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2013 & 2014 [www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5] IPCC Fifth Assessment Report
. National Council for Social Studies Justice and Responsibility in a Changing Climate
[www.ncss.org/system/files/publications/se/7901/79011535.pdf] (membership site)
Keeling Curve. Scripps Institute of Oceanography website [scripps.ucsd.edu/programs/keelingcurve]
League of the Iroquois. History World. [www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistories.asp?historyid=158]
Life Cycle Analysis. Environmental Literacy Council.
Life Cycle Assessment. Global Development Research Center, Urban Environmental Management, 1990. [www.gdrc.org/uem/lca/lca-for-cities.html]
Making the Case for Environmental Sustainability in the Arts. Grantmakers In the Arts, 2012. [www.giarts.org/article/making-case-environmental-sustainability-arts]
Manifest Destiny mural. Smithsonian American Art Museum website. [americanart.si.edu/images/2011/2011.36A-D_1a.jpg]
Manifest Destiny – more info. Brooklyn Museum website. [www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/alexis_rockman]
(The painting is also on display at the Nurture Nature Center, Easton, PA.)
Math Is Fun website. [www.mathsisfun.com]
Melody discrimination and protein fold classification, by Robert P. Bywater & Jonathan N. Middleton. Heliyon open access journal, October 2016. [www.heliyon.com/article/e00175]
Moravian College at the UNFCCC. Blog. Bethlehem-based Moravian College is one of the few colleges accredited to attend the annual COP; most activity occurs at the annual COP. [moraviancollegeatunfccc.blogspot.com]
Mystery of the Three Scary Numbers: A Climate Change Teaching Activity. Zinn Education Project
National Energy Development Project (NEED). Many curricular materials for different subjects and levels. [www.need.org]
Next Generation Sustainability, by Maura Adams. Independent School. NAIS, 2013.
Ocean Acidification. Smithsonian Institution, Ocean Portal website. Includes information on causes, impacts, and chemistry of the acidification process. [ocean.si.edu/ocean-acidification]
On the Arts and Sustainability. Ian David Moss, CreateEquity blog, 2009.
PBS Learning Media. Thousands of short clips sorted by grade level and subject, standards-aligned. [www.pbslearningmedia.org/about/products/teachers]
, Bill Bigelow & Tim Swinehart, editors. Rethinking Schools, 2014. [www.rethinkingschools.org/proddetails.asp?ID=9780942961577] A People’s Curriculum for the Earth
Planetary boundaries (great visual, TED talk) Stockholm Resilience Center.
Plastic-Free Back To School Guide from BeyondPlastics, which also provides a variety of other resources reducing the terrible climate, heal, and environmental impacts of plastic. [a project from Bennington College] [https://www.beyondplastics.org/plasticfree-back-to-school-guide]
The Precautionary Principle. [www.precautionaryprinciple.eu]
Precautionary Principle: the Wingspread Statement. Science and Environmental Health Network, 1998. [www.sehn.org/wingspread-conference-on-the-precautionary-principle]†
Quantifying global soil carbon losses in response to warming. T. W. Crowther, et al. Nature Magazine, December 2016. [www.nature.com/articles/nature20150.epdf]
Rainforest destruction — Why are rainforests being destroyed?. Rainforest Concern.
Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change [PDF]. Rodale Institute, 2014.
Renewable Energy: All You Need to Know. Environmental Science website.
– quarterly magazine committed to a strong public education system and social justice – features teachers describing real classroom experiences, including teaching on climate, environmental health, and climate justice. [www.rethinkingschools.org] Rethinking Schools
Sea Level Rise. National Geographic website. [ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/critical-issues-sea-level-rise]
Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] website – lets you set moderate sea level rise. [coast.noaa.gov/slr]
A Short History of Energy. Union of Concerned Scientists.
, by Michael K. Stone. Center for Ecoliteracy, 2009. [www.ecoliteracy.org/book/smart-nature-schooling-sustainability] Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability
Columbia Climate School (2021) Social Cost of Carbon: What Is It, and Why Do We Need to Calculate It?
Social Cost of Carbon Pollution website explores costs that producers avoid, leaving them to the rest of us to absorb [costofcarbon.org]
State of the Climate. National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration [NOAA].Monthly reports with global, national, and regional updates on atmospheric conditions, temperatures, ice and snow, and severe weather. [www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc]
Integrated Environmental and Sustainability Education. Washington State Department of Education, 2014. 30+ activity descriptions from K-12 teachers. [www.k12.wa.us/EnvironmentSustainability/Curriculum/Examples.aspx]
STEM to STEAM. Rhode Island School of Design website [www.stemtosteam.org]
Integrated Environmental and Sustainability Education. Washington State Department of Education, 2014. 30+ activity descriptions from K-12 teachers.
Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change: The Greenhouse Effect. EPA website. (suitable for younger students) [www3.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/basics/today/greenhouse-effect.html]
Sustainable Consumption Through an Environmental Lens: Challenges and Opportunities for Home Economics, by S. Lorek & S Wahlen. In Creating Home Economics Futures – The Next 100 Years. Australia Academic Press, 2013.
Sustainable Scotland. Learning for Sustainability Scotland website, University of Edinburgh. Developing ideas and programs to promote engagement and learning about sustainability for all ages. [learningforsustainabilityscotland.org]
Some of these resources are no longer available online, but we have uploaded a PDF of their . Schools’ Global Footprint Teacher Handbook
TeachEngineering website – large, searchable database of curriculum resources include lessons and activities for grades K–12 [www.teachengineering.org]
Three Scary Numbers [3-min. video]. Bill McKibben.
350.org – a grassroots organization on climate change
The Six Nations: Oldest Living Participatory Democracy on Earth. [ratical.org/many_worlds/6Nations]
UNFCCC newsroom. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [newsroom.unfccc.int]
Why Use the Arts for Sustainability? – EcoArts Australis
Zinn Education Project website. Teaching materials contribute by teachers.
Environment & Food teaching materials)
[zinnedproject.org] | [zinnedproject.org/teaching-materials/?themes=environment-food]