Over 100 Minnesota Youth Lobby for a Clean Energy Future
On a nearly snowless early February day, over 100 high school youth from the Will Steger Foundation’s Youth Environmental Activists (YEA! MN) program participated in the Clean Energy & Jobs “Day on the Hill,” lobbying their state legislators and meeting with Governor Dayton to discuss how climate change will impact their future.
Climate Ride 2015
Registration is now open. Choose the Will Steger Foundation to be the beneficiary for your ride!
Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions
This April we will host two Climate Minnesota Convenings in Bemidji and Crookston that will connect communities through local science, stories, and solutions that encompass the broad range of climate impacts that Minnesotans are seeing now.
Bemidji: April 14 - Crookston: April 15
Summer Institute 2015
Join us for our 10th Summer Institute for Climate Change Education as we celebrate 10 years of climate science and climate change education. Hear from renowned keynote speakers Will Steger, Frank Niepold and Ben Santer. June 15-17, 2015
Dine for Climate
Lucia's - March 12
Bring your family and friends to enjoy a delicious, sustainable dinner and a portion of the proceeds go to the Will Steger Foundation.
Most Recent Posts
Climate Lesson Update - March 2015
Written by Education
How are you teaching about climate change? Are you teaching a WSF lesson to your students? What is your favorite educational resource? Have you implemented a service learning project at your school? Do you have a twitter account where you retweet about climate change news? Any way you do it, we’d love to hear about and invite you to share it as a presenter at our Summer Institute for Climate Change Education!
SES teacher named Champion of Change by White House
Written by Media
By Jessica Harper
February 18, 2015 at 4:44 pm
Whether its attending international climate change summits abroad or encouraging green practices in Apple Valley, environmental studies teacher Craig Johnson teaches his students at the School of Environmental Studies to make their voices heard on climate change.
Climate Literacy Presentations at NSTA 2015: Chicago
Written by Kristen Poppleton, Director of Education
The Will Steger Foundation and other members of the CLEAN Network are going to be busy at the National Science Teacher’s Association Conference in Chicago in just a few weeks. Check out the list of presentations below. We hope to see you there!
Dirty Air Affects All of Us
I’ve always pictured extreme air pollution as something that only happens in China, where coal power plants, manufacturing, and insane car traffic create suffocating smog. Not until I was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma in 2013 did I consider the role of air pollution and air quality in my personal health. Inhalers help me manage my asthma, but I still occasionally struggle with shortness of breath.
When I learned that my representative to Congress, Keith Ellison, would be hosting a forum on air pollution and asthma, I knew I wanted to attend to learn more about how I can personally campaign for cleaner air.
Note from a non-apathetic millennial: Climate change is not hopeless
Written by Media
By Natalie Cook | 02/13/15
Courtesy of the Will Steger Foundation
Students meeting with Gov. Dayton last week about clean energy.
Millennials are lazy; environmentalism is only gloom and doom. These two common misperceptions get under my skin more than most. The millennials I know are social-change activists, and environmentalism is how they’re working toward securing a better future for all.
It is hard not to notice the unusually warm weather that hit Minnesota in the last few weeks, following what we like to call, "the winter that never was." There has been some pretty
interesting coverage that highlight these anomalies.
The big news in the world of climate change education this week has been the National Center for Science Education's new climate change education initiative.
"Long respected for its work in defending and supporting the teaching of evolution in the public schools...NCSE launched this new initiative to defend and support the teaching of climate change."
When asked why NCSE decided to take on climate change, Executive Director Eugenie Scott responded;
"We have been receiving more and more reports of teachers being pressured against teaching climate change, much as they are pressured against teaching evolution. Right now the evidence is anecdotal but we have heard enough to suggest that it is a problem."
Read more coverage on the initiative below and make sure you check out their new webpage for tips, tools and other information!
Evolution advocate turns to climate
Climate change skepticism seeps into science classrooms
Climate in Classrooms
Climate Change Causes Heated Battles For Science Teachers
National Center For Science Education Launches Fight Against Climate Change Denial In Schools
New Initiative to Promote Climate Change in the Classroom
A Second Science Front: Evolution Champions Rise to Climate Science Defense
Point of Inquiry: Eugenie Scott - Defending Climate Education
It is hard to believe that November is already here! We have been busy posting the online classroom submissions and doing a few school visits with Will. Read more about the visits here. We hope to start hearing about any projects that you have worked on with your students in the next few months.
Will Steger will be speaking at two public forums in Princeton and Grand Rapids, Minnesota in December. The focus will be clean air, climate and health. More information
Congratulations to the Heritage E-STEM school for receiving a Parks Climate Challenge grant to conduct water quality testing on a local water source, identify the problems and design a plan for improvement. We hope to see more grant proposals from the Parks Climate schools soon!
As always, PLEASE feel free to contact us with any questions or feedback, but also to share what you are up to! We love seeing reports, journal entries, posters, movies and photos and will be sure to feature them in upcoming newsletters and our blog.
Featured Public Service Announcement Video from Wellstone Elementary
In the News
"Challenges to climate change education are common in the classroom, according to a poll of science educators conducted by the National Science Teachers Association. Although 60% of respondents to the on-line poll reported that they were not concerned about how climate change is taught in their school, 82% reported having faced skepticism about climate change and climate change education from students, 54% reported having faced such skepticism from parents, and 26% reported having faced such skepticism from administrators." Read more
Project Funding Opportunities
Lexus Eco Challenge: Focus on Air/Climate
Scholarships for Visitng Audubon Center for the Northwoods
Professional Development Opportunities
NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program
In 1990, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) noted that the greatest single impact of climate change could be on human migration—with millions of people displaced by shoreline erosion, coastal flooding and agricultural disruption. (Migration and Climate Change)
The impact of climate change on human populations provides us as educators with the opportunity to include discussions of environmental justice and ethics in our classroom. What constitutes right and wrong? How do our actions affect people living on the other side of the world and what is our responsibility? Bring the discussion to a local level. What populations in our own community are disproportionately impacted by climate change's impacts? Why and what can or should we do?
(Here comes the flood Janos Bogardi & Koko Warner, Nature Reports Climate Change (2009) Published online: 11 December 2008)
Recent funding from the Minnesota Historical Society has enabled us to begin organizing Will's vast archives. This project will be helpful as we develop our new curriculum focused on Minnesota's Changing Climate that integrates items from Will's archives. Over the next few months as we dive into the archives I will be sharing some of discoveries and ideas of ways they an be integrated into the classroom.
This week we pulled out a weather scrapbook that Will had beginning in 1956 when he was 10 years old. The scrapbook is in a tattered old three ring containing lined paper. Each page contains weather data and articles cut out from the newspaper and attached with now yellowed scotch tape. They give a snapshot of extreme weather events and patterns between 1954 and 1956. Did you know there was snowstorm on May 3, 1954? Did you know they used to publish cool graphs that showed the temperature ranges over the month and what the high, lows, and precipitation had been? What a great way to introduce students to graphing after following temperatures over a month.
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