The need for education
Communities are far from homogeneous. Your neighbors range in age, race, economic class, experience, and many other factors that impact the way we interpret climate change. In order to successfully implement a Climate Action Plan, our communities need to value and practice low-carbon initiatives. Education is the best way to start the conversation, which will lead to societal transformation and achievement of our local climate goals.
350.org advocates for the reduction of atmospheric CO2 to below 350ppm, which scientists claim is safe. This part of their platform and website catalogs resources for meeting facilitators, teachers, and community organizers who want to teach about climate change. All ages can benefit from these resources, but many are better suited for adults.
This organization empowers youth to take action against climate change through solutions-based education. Their resources feature lesson plans, multimedia sources, and alternative types of presentation.
(UMass Lowell’s Climate Change Initiative, Media Arts Studio at Cambridge Educational Access TV, and TERC)
The CAM approach emphasizes the collaboration and learning potential of video production, which can be used to teach both producers and watchers about climate issues. This approach is best used in secondary, undergraduate and graduate student levels.
(TERC, Cooperatuve Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES), and the Science Education Resource Center)
This website pools educational resources for scientists, educators, and interested citizens alike. It cultivates a community of professionals who are interested in improving climate and energy literacy. Resources are extensively reviewed by a multi-step review process, and thus these resources represent high quality, expert-approved educational resources. These resources are suitable for secondary through higher education classrooms.
This portal provides users with free resources for climate change education. It is designed to supplement 4- and 2-Year Liberal Arts Colleges, but these topics are applicable to many levels of climate change mitigation. These resources can be used for educational planning, workshop development, or for supplemental information.
This community-based resource center provides teachers with a variety of projects and materials to teach science and climate change. This site is particularly relevant to K-12 teachers and outreach to youth.
(Project Everyone, Unicef)
This platform expands upon The United Nation’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Goal 13 of 17 focuses on Climate Change: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. This website provides users with infographics and other visual tools for understanding and implementing these goals.