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Alicia Keefe- Climate Change

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Alicia Keefe- Climate Change

  1. 1. Alicia Keefe - Alicia.Keefe@noaa.gov Education and Outreach Coordinator West Coast Region June 27, 2016 Climate Change in Your Classroom
  2. 2. YOUR BACKGROUND
  3. 3. What’s in the news? June 26, 2016 • Climate Change Puts Squeeze on Cuddly Koalas • Brexit could slow progress on fighting climate change • Climate change could be even worse for Boston than previously thought • Climate Change Poses Urgent Threat to Poor • Food Crop Breeding Programmes are Being Outpaced by Climate Change
  4. 4. What’s in the news? June 26, 2016 • New Coalition Of 7,100 Cities Launched To Tackle More Effectively Climate Change • Native American tribes learn to fight climate change • Oslo votes to slash emissions 95% by 2030 • Portland School Board Bans Materials Questioning Human-Caused Climate Change
  5. 5. POWERLESSNESS, TERROR, AND HOPE
  6. 6. What will the world look like in the next 50-100 years (2066-2116)?
  7. 7. Ecophobia A fear of ecological problems and the natural world.
  8. 8. Learned Helplessness Personal See themselves as the problem; internalize the problem. Pervasive See the problem affecting all aspects of life. Permanent See the problem as unchangeable
  9. 9. What do you want the world to look like in the next 50-100 years?
  10. 10. “As educators, despair is not our business.” - Edmund O’Sullivan, Transformative Learning Center
  11. 11. POSITIVE CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCES Credit: Linh Do, Flickr Credit: Fusionvision, Flickr
  12. 12. Teaching Climate www.climate.gov/teaching • Case studies • Experiments • Professional development • Visuals
  13. 13. National Climate Assessment nca2014.globalchange.gov The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future.
  14. 14. U.S. Global Change Research Program www.globalchange.gov • Climate change scenarios • Data • Multimedia resources • Regional climate impacts • Reports
  15. 15. Yes! Magazine www.yesmagazine.org • Writing competition • Curriculum • Student writing lessons • Teacher stories • Email newsletter • Free Teacher Subscription
  16. 16. Newspapers for Education nie.seattletimes.com • Lesson plans • Free subscriptions • Special inserts • Stewardship and Conservation in Agriculture • The Science of Climate • Seafood 101
  17. 17. Story of Stuff storyofstuff.org • Movies • Story of Bottled Water • Story of Cap and Trade • Story of Change • Podcasts • Books • Curriculum • Buy, Use, Toss?
  18. 18. Climate Voices climatevoices.org Speakers voluntarily meet with groups of citizens who would like to understand the science of our climate and engage in discussion about the effects and possible means of adapting to potential changes.
  19. 19. Young Voices for the Planet youngvoicesonclimatechange.com Young Voices documents youth who are speaking out and creating solutions. ○Books ○Curriculum ○Movies
  20. 20. Climate Voices climatevoicespodcast.com Podcast that features news about and interviews with people who are fighting climate change on the front lines.
  21. 21. Alliance for Climate Education acespace.org Teach climate science in a way that puts teenagers at the center of the story. ○Action projects ○Assemblies ○Lesson plans ○Music ○Videos
  22. 22. Climate Literacy Awareness Network cleanet.org CLEAN hand-picks and rigorously reviews educational resources that are aligned with the Climate Literacy and the Energy Literacy frameworks, and the Next Generation Science Standards. NOAA curriculum Reviewed by scientists and teachers.
  23. 23. My Nasa Data mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov With the Live Access Server data viewer, you can create a variety of charts, plots, and graphs to explore the Earth system and answer research questions. Lesson plans are peer- reviewed and aligned with the Climate Literacy Essential Principles or Energy Awareness Principles.
  24. 24. 7 Billion Others www.7billionothers.org • Exhibitions • Testimonials • Podcasts • Videos • Climate Voices Project ○600 interviews ○17 countries ○7 continents
  25. 25. Facing the Future www.facingthefuture.org Lesson plans • NOAA and NASA data • Tested in classrooms around the US • Interdisciplinary Professional development
  26. 26. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE
  27. 27. Defining Sustainability
  28. 28. Sustainability The principle of meeting current needs without limiting the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
  29. 29. Models of Sustainability Credit:greenmonday.org
  30. 30. Is it sustainable? • Potential costs • Potential benefits • Are the anticipated effects short- or long-term? • Are the anticipated effects small- or large-scale?
  31. 31. CLIMATE CHANGE CURRICULUM
  32. 32. Climate Change: Connections and Solutions - Equity and poverty - Global connections - Greenhouse effect - Greenhouse gases - Personal solutions - Structural solutions - Regional impacts - Renewable energy - Nonrenewable energy - Temperature trends - Carbon cycle - Carbon dioxide trends - Carbon footprint - Climate change policy - Ecosystems - Emissions trading - Energy use - Energy conservation - Environmental justice - Environmental regulations
  33. 33. Scope and Sequence
  34. 34. Shopping Heats Up • Make and explain purchasing/consumption choices • Compare different purchasing/consumption choices and their impacts on climate change • Describe how relative affluence and high consumption levels relate to climate change • Discuss personal choices to reduce the negative environmental and social impacts of consumption
  35. 35. Needs and Wants • List your needs • List your wants Food (what types, packaging) Clothing, shoes, jewelry House Coffee, juice, tea Vacation and travel Computer, TV Electricity Clean water Newspaper Car, bicycle, boat Sports equipment Landscaping equipment Camping and hiking gear
  36. 36. Pick 1 card without looking.
  37. 37. Get into groups of 3-5 with people who have the same dollar amounts.
  38. 38. Critical Thinking Questions • What choices are available to people with relatively little access to wealth/income compared to people with relatively high access? • What are some environmental and social impacts of each of those choices and decisions? How do these impacts contribute to climate change? • What personal choices can we make to help reduce our impact on climate change?
  39. 39. Extension Assign each group a family from the book, Material World, by Peter Menzel. Have the students analyze what that family owns and brainstorm the relative impact those items might have on climate change. Have them examine and compare the carbon dioxide emissions from each family’s country.
  40. 40. Extension Have students research cost-effective ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (e.g., compact fluorescent light bulbs, sealing cracks around windows and doors, unplugging appliances when not in use). Some high-tech solutions are too costly for many people to use; finding cost-effective measures is essential to involve more people in climate change solutions. Give students a “budget” of $50 and challenge them to find the most effective ways to reduce CO2 emissions within that budget
  41. 41. CULMINATING PROJECTS
  42. 42. Deep Space 3000 From Engaging Students Through Global Issues - Why do we sometimes act as though Earth is not a closed system? - What are the ultimate consequences of such actions on a closed system?
  43. 43. Bio-Poem From Exploring Global Issues Students create a concept map that illustrates their strengths, interests, and the factors that have encouraged these strengths and gifts. Students then create a bio- poem that describes who they are and the future they desire.
  44. 44. 30 Days for Change From Exploring Global Issues Students identify a personal action or habit that they can create to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. The class will then participate in a 30- day Sustainability Challenge in which they try to make this personal action a habit. Each week of the challenge, students will meet with group members for encouragement and accountability.
  45. 45. Creating Our Future From Exploring Global Issues How do we create a just and humane world for ourselves and for future generations? Students identify and plan what they want their future to look like. Using an action planning model, students visualize their desired future, identify objectives, develop a plan to address local and global issues, and implement their vision through action and service learning.
  46. 46. CLIMATE EDUCATION LEGISLATION
  47. 47. Senate Bill 3074 Senate Bill 3074, introduced in the U. S. Senate on June 16, 2016, would, if enacted, authorize NOAA to establish a climate change education program. Included is a grant program aimed at improving climate change education at the K-12 level. "Everyone concerned about equipping students with the knowledge and know how required for them to flourish in a warming world should urge their congressional representative to support these bills." - Ann Reid, Executive Director, National Center for Science Education

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