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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.

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.

It's been a great summer so far. We're in between a successful Summer Institute in June (see more photos on Facebook!) and another exciting Institute this August. Both events have filled up and are unique from any of our past trainings in terms of their location and content.

Tim Chase teaches science to middle school students at Murray Junior High in Saint Paul, MN.  This is his story about teaching the class of his dreams: an urban environmental sciences class at a local outdoor classroom.  He used the Will Steger Foundation's Minnesota's Changing Climate curriculum and online classroom to help make his dream come true.

Over a year ago I was asked a question that had never been asked before and I feared it would never be asked again.  It was “What would be your dream class to teach?”  I was given an opportunity and I have never looked back.  I needed to find the best tools and resources, found my target audience (achievement gap) and started my dream.

50 years ago, the first atmospheric CO2 data taken at the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii measured 315 ppm. Two weeks ago, the observatory made an announcement: we had nearly averaged 400ppm for one consecutive month . The last time that atmospheric CO2 concentrations reached 400ppm was more than 2 million years ago in the Pliocene era. During that period, sea levels were 50-80 feet higher and forests grew on Ellesmere Island (seriously).

"Everything is Okay.  Humanity, Working Together, Solved Climate Change."

That's what the newspaper should have read this April when Dr. James Hansen announced his retirement.  It would be written about our greatest success story as a civilization, and the last paragraph would be a quiet "thank you" to Dr. Hansen for making it all possible.  Yes, if James Hansen had HIS way, that's exactly it: his life's work fulfilled.

The Next Generation Science Standards(NGSS) were released this week, including for the first time climate change as a concept deemed integral to K-12 science education.

The Will Steger Foundation was proud to support Minnesota's Green Ribbon Schools selection process and would like to congratulate this year's U.S. Deparment of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program finalists!

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