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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.

Want to know about the impacts of climate change in your community? Talk to a phenologist (that is: someone who studies events happening in nature). While “global warming”, as a term, is going out of favor because it’s describing things happening at an intangible, global scale, “climate change” seems to get closer to home, leaving room for regional complexities.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 08:18

Climate Lesson Update - May 2014

Written by Education

The National Climate Assessment report is the most comprehensive, user-friendly and visually intriguing collection of the impacts of climate change on the United State yet available. It was released this month to much acclaim in the media and political arenas.

We are excited and honored by today’s news that Governor Dayton has signed the bill into law appropriating $29 million from Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (“Trust Fund”) to 71 individual projects around the state, including $325,000 to the Will Steger Foundation for our Educating Minnesotans about Potential Impacts of a Changing Climate Project!

Today the National Climate Assessment (NCA) was released providing the country with an in depth summary of the current and projected impacts of climate change.

When the first Earth Day happened, April 22nd, 1970, it was the beginning of something important and new in our society. We honored Mother Earth outright by celebrating clean, green living and highlighting sustainable acts. This year, Earth Day (or Earth Week, or even Earth Life as one person declared to me personally, “Happy Earth Life!”) showed no sign of tapering off after over 40 years of tradition.

Spring is one of the most popular times for phenology observation. Many remarkable, brief and beautiful changes will be seen over the next 2 months. Don't miss them! Have your students hunting for: Thawing lakes, Maple sap dripping (tap a tree!), sprouting flowers, grasses and buds, early-season insects, and migrating birds.

But we have to act with more urgency — because a changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods … the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.”  - President Barack Obama during the 2014 State of the Union

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 17:00

Climate Conversations

Written by Natalie Cook, YEA! MN Program Coordinator

When the YEA!MN students asked to have a training about how to talk to a climate denier, we started thinking big. Drawing from John’s educational background and Natalie’s background organizing with Minnesotans United, we knew that we could do more than help equip young people with facts and figures, because, really, when does that ever change someone’s mind and drive them to action anyway?

The University of Minnesota's GO Minnesota unit, the Institute on the Environment, and the Will Steger Foundation are delighted to announce a new and unique summer program for international students interested in sustainability.

The Will Steger Foundation joined school districts, charter schools, businesses, local government, higher education and nonprofits at the 3M Innovation Center last week in order to "convene, connect, and foster uncommon collaboratives” through the GreenSchoolsConnect initiative. Launched in 2012, GreenSchoolsConnect (GSC) is a national collaborative initiative powered by Earth Force to accelerate a systemic approach to sustainability in school districts. GSC builds off Earth Force’s proven leadership in networking community partners, training local schools, and providing curricular resources to run service-learning and action civics programs in their community.

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