Climate Lessons (135)
Climate Lessons provides tools, resources and reflections on climate change education for educators and communicators of climate change. This blog is posted to weekly with an educator audience in mind.
Welcome to 2014! … we hope you didn’t forget your long-underwear back in 2013. Did you know that the unique conditions that brought Minnesota temperatures below -50 degrees Fahrenheit this January and a few days of cancelled school (and now work, for some!) are linked to climate change?
Nelson Mandela passed away this month – I’m sure you’ve heard the news. We join people the world over who mourn the loss of such a leader. But what you maybe did not know is that, among his many projects, Mandela was active in the movement to solve climate change. It’s true. His legacy included founding a global justice group called The Elders that included “Climate Justice” among their priorities.
We haven't taken the time to feature a book for awhile and I thought it would be worthwhile to feature Catch the Sun, by Anne Johnson, as an initiative of Mortenson Construction's Renewable Energy Groups. Catch the Sun explains solar energy through the eyes of a young boy named Nils whose father is in construction of clean energy sites. Nils does research on clean energy before going on a tour of some sites with his father.
A week of Climate Literacy
It was with best intentions I decided to blog every day I was attending AGU last week. Five days, twenty pages of notes, and a minimum of 50 conversations later I realized I had only managed one blog and so here I am for the final brain dump. A number of climate literacy themes emerged throughout the week based on the content of the presentations I attended, the posters I visited and discussed and the conversations I had.
I'm midway through day 2 of AGU- new ideas and information swirling around. I have been thinking a lot about our ENTRF Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate project as I learn about other successful public focused education campaigns around the country.
I head to my first American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting next week and plan on blogging throughout the week on the multitude of sessions and workshops I will attend. AGU is an international non-profit scientific association with more than 62,000 members established in 1919 by the National Research Council.
Join us for a Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar Series!
Are you looking for climate change and energy education resources for your classroom or informal education setting? The Will Steger Foundation is offering a four part webinar series featuring speakers that will advance your climate and energy literacy, and educational resources to help integrate climate and energy concepts in your setting.
For the 5th year in a row the School of Environmental Studies is bringing a group of high school students to the United Nations International Climate Change Conference. This year it is being held in Warsaw, Poland November 11th-22nd. The COP, or Conference of the Parties, will bring together representatives from more than 190 countries as well as members of civil society from around the world to address climate change.
We've had some exciting news this month: The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) recommended that our latest environmental education project, Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate, receive $325,000 of funding!
When does fall begin at the Will Steger Foundation? When the Summer Institute for Climate Change Education is complete! Thank you to all of our fantastic participants and partners. See photos, dowload presentations and read more about this professional development event at Fort Snelling State Park on our Recap Webpage here. We're already planning for 2014 - stay tuned for registration this October.
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