Climate Education

Many organizations have developed educational resources to both inform the public about climate impacts, and support curriculum for educators. This list includes climate, environmental and scientific educational resources intended to broaden understandings of climate change and climate impacts. This page also includes links to videos and educational talks relevant to tribal climate change issues.

Title Description Categorysort ascending Geography Website
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Climate Portal

This site includes a wealth of information and data about climate impacts, as well as support for educators and interactive tools for youth.

Youth, Climate Education, Climate Science, Data, Curriculum National, International Link
Wildfires and Smoke

Wildfires and severe smoke can create dangerous conditions for people, especially those with chronic health conditions. Learn about current wildfires, wildfire smoke conditions, and what you can do to reduce the health effects of wildfire smoke.

wildfire, climate change, adaptation, mitigation, human health, smoke, air quality, pollution, illness, asthma, heart disease, Oregon, Northwest Link
Climate Modeling 101

This site is a primer on how climate models work. The information is based on expert consensus reports from the National Research Council's Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate.

vulnerability assessment, climate science, model, climate change, adaptation, strategy, education National Link
Evergreen Indigenous Climate Justice Symposium

The Indigenous Climate Justice Symposium drew nearly 500 participants to the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College (Olympia, Wash.) on November 5-6, 2015. For those who missed all or part of the proceedings, these are some links to videos, the program, and background.
• November 5 keynote by Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, who spoke on “The Paris Climate Accord: Will it be a Crime Against Humanity and Mother Earth?” (including videos on Indigenous opposition to carbon trading): (1:43)
• November 6 panel on Fossil Fuel Connections, with tribal voices from the front and back ends of the oil and coal train routes: (1:38)
• Program for the Indigenous Climate Justice Symposium:
• Photos:
• Reflections on the Symposium by students of the Evergreen host program “Resource Rebels: Environmental Justice Movements Building Hope”:

video, indigenous climate justice Northwest Link
Safe Water Program Improvement e-Learning Series (SWPI)

SWPI helps health department programs strengthen services to people that use wells, cisterns, springs, and other private drinking water systems not covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Oversight for these systems vary, but core elements of successful, sustainable programs are similar. SWPI walks through the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services and the Environmental Public Health Performance Standards, and provides examples of using them to identify and fill program gaps in these types of drinking water programs.

Tribal Health, public health, sustainability, well water, safe drinking water National Link
Climate Justice Changes Health: Local, Tribal, Global and Generational

APHA has declared 2017 as the Year of Climate Change and Health. This very special kick-off webinar is being hosted by APHA, the Public Health Institute Center for Climate Change and Health, Island Press and Security & Sustainability Forum. During the webinar, you'll hear from speakers who are engaged in the fight for climate justice and healthy communities, to explore how climate justice is the best strategy to address both climate change and health inequities here in the U.S. and around the world.

Tribal Health, public health, community, climate change, health inequities International Link
Climate Change and Health - Training Modules

The training package consists of 16 standalone modules covering a range of topics that will prove very useful to build capacity of public health professionals who are involved in management of public health programmes impacted by climate change. The modules are also designed for ease of use by professionals from other sectors such as the environment, transport, disaster preparedness, etc., enabling them to understand the intersectoral nature of the issue and to address health impacts jointly with other sectors. One or more modules can be used as advocacy material as well as to orient different target audiences such as policymakers.

Tribal Health, capacity building, disaster preparedness National, International Link
College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute

The Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) is dedicated to examining sustainability issues and applying them to the Menominee model of sustainable development. This website is devoted to explorations of questions like, what is sustainable development? Answers are offered through multimedia presentations, essays, and conversations on the Menominee, their forest, and their spirit.

Sustainable Development, Forestry Management, Climate Science National, Northeast Link
Syllabus Materials for Teaching #NoDAPL in Ethics and Other Courses

Kyle created a webpage that features some of the available materials that might be particularly useful for teaching: The site includes a recent overview article he just completed that can be used for teaching before it formally comes out (abstract pasted below and paper attached too), an interview Kyle did for Yale Environment 360 on Indigenous peoples and extraction, and a short essay for The Conversation on NoDAPL and climate justice.

social justice, sovereignty, self-determination, protest, treaty rights, social change, fossil fuel, capitalism North Dakota, National, Midwest
Understanding Living Shorelines

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has created a summary about living shorelines. Living shorelines connect the land and water to stabilize shorelines, reduce erosion, and provide valuable habitat that enhances coastal resilience. They describe their purpose, benefits, and why they may be a innovative and cost-effective technique for coastal management.

shorelines, coasts, coastal communities, coastal resilience, erosion, NOAA, carbon sequestration Coasts Link
SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science): Native Resources in Sciences

SACNAS has developed a list of resources authored by Native scientists, and addressing science education in Native communities.

Science, Native American National Link
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL): Workforce Development and Education Programs

This program is aimed at promoting the development of skilled workers in STEM fields, working with renewable energy. As part of the program, NREL has developed educational resources and tools for grades 4-12.

Science, Education, Renewable Energy National, International Link
The GLOBE Program

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Announced by the U.S. Government on Earth Day in 1994, GLOBE launched its worldwide implementation in 1995.

Science, Education, Data Collection National, International Link
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): Mission Science

Mission: Science is provided by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate to engage students in NASA Science and showcase educational resources created by NASA and its partners.

Science, Education National, International Link
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College

Engaging participants from more than 1,000 institutions of higher education, as well as K-12 curriculum developers and teachers, SERC has created one of the world's largest collections of pedagogic resources.

Science Education, Curriculum, Educational Resources National Link
University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Cooperative Extension Service

As the state's gateway to its university system, Extension serves some 80,000 Alaskans annually, providing a link between Alaska's diverse people and communities by interpreting and extending relevant university, research-based knowledge in an understandable and usable form to the public. UAF's Extension is part of the largest informal education system in the world, connecting Extension programs at land-grant colleges and universities in every U.S. territory and state. Extension offers hundreds of publications, written and produced by university specialists, which contain practical information of interest to Alaska residents. Many publications are free and available online. Major program areas include: agriculture and horticulture; health, home and family development; natural resources and community development; 4-H and youth development.

research, agriculture, horticulture, health, home and family, 4-H, youth development Alaska Link
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency. Our job is finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to: Ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products; Assess the nutritional needs of Americans; Sustain a competitive agricultural economy; Enhance the natural resource base and the environment; Provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole; and Provide the infrastructure necessary to create and maintain a diversified workplace.

research, agriculture, food safety, food production, public health, natural resource management, infrastructure National Link
US Energy Information Administration: Energy Kids Website

This website provides educational resources for students and teachers about major energy sources in the US.

Renewable Energy, Energy, Education, Science, Youth National Link
US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Literacy Framework

Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education presents interdisciplinary energy concepts that, if understood and applied, will help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions.

Renewable Energy, Education National Link
Climate Change Webinars

Listen in on the climate and health webinars, including those that are part of the Year of Climate Change and Health and our four-part series with ecoAmerica on how Climate Changes Health. These webinars outline how and why our health is being affected by climate change. They also shed light on what is being done to adapt to the changes and challenges that go along with climate change.

Public Health, community health, climate change, adaptation National Link
Health Impacts of Climate Change (Training Webinars)

This website provides publications and training webinars that cover the health impacts of climate change.

Public Health, climate change, training, adaptation, resilience International Link
Climate Change and Health - Training Modules

This Climate Change and Health Certificate course teaches about the effects of climate change on human health (through online didactics), and gives a chance to practice techniques to reduce those effects (with globally-available peers and mentors). All components of this training (like all trainings) are free, including registration, learning, testing, and a certificate of completion.

Public Health, climate change, training, adaptation, National Link
Native Fire- Safe Use and Application of Prescribed Fire

"Native Fire" discusses Native American's historic use of fire and addresses how traditional practices in the southern plains states have influenced its modern-day application. In it, fire research specialists speak to this history and address some of the complex challenges facing landscapes today. The 13-minute video also explains why fire is an essential and timeless tool that is necessary for maintaining and restoring ecosystems that evolved with fire. When safely applied by professionals at the right time, in the right way, for the right reasons, these prescribed fires reduce vegetation buildup, help protect our communities and restores our fire-dependent ecosystems.

prescribed fire, traditional ecological knowledge, ecosystem restoration, community Southern Plains Link
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Precipitation Education

his website, presented by NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, provides students and educators with resources to learn about Earth’s water cycle, weather and climate, and the technology and societal applications of studying them.

Precipitation Education, Curriculum, Climate Science National, International Link
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ozone Resources

NASA has cataloged existing research about the ozone layer, and hosts web resources on ozone-related scientific data, including a live ozone hole watch.

Ozone Layer, Climate data National, International Link
Ocean Acidification Curriculum

This collection of free resources on OA (ocean acidification) funded and supported by the EPA, USFWS, the Suquamish Tribe, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and Washington Sea Grant, has been developed for educators and communicators, for K-12th grade students.

Marine, Education National Link
Oceanservice Education Curriculum

The NOAA Ocean Service Curriculum provides a variety of curriculums available, suggested for grades 6-12, which provide education for students on ocean, coral, estuary, and other marine environments.

Marine, Education National Link
Federal Indian Law Update

Given the complexity of federal Indian law, it is helpful to start with a brief introduction to federal Indian law. Much of the information appearing in this first section of the annual update is repetitive of material included in previous updates. A review of these foundational principles may prove helpful. There are three potential sovereigns that may be able to assert jurisdiction in matters arising within Indian country: tribal government, state government, or the federal government. Which sovereign is legally capable of asserting jurisdiction often turns on two questions: (1) the political identity of the parties involved; and (2) the location of the action giving rise to the matter.

legislation, planning, policy, sovereignty, self-determination, treaties, jurisdiction, tribal government, federal government, assistance, paternalism National Link
What are? Measures of Fire Behavior; Fire Facts

"Fire behavior can be characterized as the manner in which a fire reacts to the interaction of fuel, weather, and topography - the "fire behavior triangle." The four main parameters used to describe fire behavior include: rate of spread, fireline intensity, flame length, and flame height."

fire behavior, fire managers, measurement, education National Link
Native One Stop was launched in an effort to provide American Indians and Alaska Natives with easy, online access to Federal resources and programs. is a partnership of many Federal agencies and organizations with a shared vision – to provide improved, personalized access to Federal resources and programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives. will make it easier for tribes, Alaska Natives, and American Indians to find services, receive consistent information, and streamline outreach and services by Federal agencies. The site's core function is the eligibility prescreening questionnaire or "Resources Finder." Answers to the questionnaire are used to evaluate a visitor's situation and compare it with the eligibility criteria for resources and programs. Each program description provides visitors with the next steps to apply for any resource or program of interest.

federal resources, climate change National Link