Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Climate Literacy

This week we celebrated Earth Day.  Now, more than ever, we need to work together as educators to ensure that our students, colleagues and community stakeholders are Climate Literate.  For the past 3 years  I have partnered with Ohio Sea Grant, The Lake Erie Nature and Science Center on a Climate Literacy grant through the Bay Education Foundation, the Ohio EPA and the Gund Foundation.   Research has shown that the most effective messaging around Climate Change focuses on local impact of Climate Change and education that will help people make informed decisions in their own lives about resource use and conservation, purchasing of goods and services, and philanthropy.   I have worked with Darci Sanders and Sharon Graper over the past two summers to offer a Climate Literacy Teacher Academy.   You can find all of our resources, designed to support Ohio Learning Standards, here   NPR did a feature story on Teaching About Climate Change on its A1A podcast yesterday. It featured Jim Sutter, an AP Environmental Science Teacher from Wellston High School.    Climate Literacy crosses all content areas and grade levels.  As we finish state testing and wrap up the school year, find time to incorporate a Climate Literacy lesson into your classroom.

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