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 Sort ascending Description Geography Website
Wisdom of the Elders

Wisdom received funding from National Endowment for the Arts in June 2015 to produce two more climate documentaries and two American Indian radio programs. They feature climate issues from the perspective of Portland's Native American community and Oregon coastal tribes. Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. is also forming a Native Climate Council in Oregon, which will consult on climate issues affective Oregon's Native Communities and recommend individuals to participate in the film and radio series.

Categories: Climate Outreach, Journalism

Northwest 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."

Categories: fire behavior, fire managers, measurement, education

National Link
Washington State Department of Ecology Climate Change Resources

Washington State DOE maintains a list of climate change web resources.

Categories: Education, Climate Change

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.

Categories: Renewable Energy, Education

National Link
US National Park Service (NPS): Climate Change

The NPS has several resources dedicated to climate education and information, including videos exploring the science of climate change in national parks through interviews with scientists.

Categories: Climate Science

National Link
US Geological Survey (USGS) Education Resources

USGS maintains a broad range of educational resources that address a broad array of scientific disciplines and topics, including geology, biology, ecology and climate. They have developed resources for K-12 and undergraduate courses.

Categories: Education, Climate, Science

National Link
US Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center

The CCRC is developing an educational program to provide accessible information on climate change. Three comprehensive education modules are being created using curriculum developed by the Forest Service.

Categories: Climate Impacts, Education

National Link
US EPA Student Guide to Climate Change

This website provides information on climate change and scientific research through short videos.

Categories: Climate Impacts, Education, Climate Science, Youth

National Link
US EPA Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Education Resources

This website includes lesson plans, student resources, and multimedia climate education resources.

Categories: Education, Climate Science

National Link
US EPA Environmental Education

This program provides information about environmental education, educational resources, career opportunities and funding opportunities for environmental education programs

Categories: Environmental Education

National Link
US EPA Educational Resources

The EPA maintains a list of resources for educators seeking to address climate change.

Categories: Education

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.

Categories: Renewable Energy, Energy, Education, Science, Youth

National Link
US Climate Resilience Toolkit

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. The site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government. It also includes case studies and information pertaining specifically to tribes.

Categories: Education, Climate Science, Data, Adaptation, Native American

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.

Categories: research, agriculture, horticulture, health, home and family, 4-H, youth development

Alaska Link
Union of Concerned Scientists Climate Hotspots Map

The Union of Concerned Scientists maintain a Google Map that displays areas across the world currently experiencing notable impacts from climate.

Categories: Education, Climate Impacts

National, International Link
UNESCO Climate Education Clearinghouse

UNESCO maintains a clearinghouse of climate education resources with over 300 entries.

Categories: Climate Education, Clearinghouse

National, International Link
UNESCO Climate Change Starter's Guidebook

UNESCO has authored a climate change guidebook to aid educators in developing climate change curriculum and resources.

Categories: Climate Change, Education

International Link
UNESCO Climate Change Education

UNESCO aims to make climate change education a more central and visible part of the international response to climate change. The programme aims to help people understand the impact of global warming today and increase "climate literacy" among young people. UNESCO hosts a Climate Change Education Clearinghouse, with access to hundreds of climate change education resources.

Categories: Climate Change, Education, Clearinghouse

International Link
UNESCO Apia Climate Change and Climate Change Adaptation

The Apia Office is working in an integrated fashion looking at both Climate Change Adaption and Mitigation from educational, social, scientific and cultural perspectives. Adaptation initiatives focus on integrating climate content and adaptation skills in school curriculum, community awareness and sharing of information through the media to build adaptive capacity in Pacific countries. Mitigation initiatives consider sustainable ways of developing alternative energy supplies. In line with the outcome from Rio+20, UNESCO will focus on supporting green growth and climate smart development in the Pacific.

Categories: Climate Science, Environmental Justice, Adaptation

National, International Link
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.

Categories: shorelines, coasts, coastal communities, coastal resilience, erosion, NOAA, carbon sequestration

Coasts Link
Tsunami STEM Curriculum

This curriculum uses Ocean Science Systems as pathways to stimulate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning to guide students in decision making. Students immerse into STEM through understanding the causes and consequences of a natural disaster such as a tsunami or bioinvasion, learn about their risks and explore choices and consequences of responses and preparation to tsunami hazards.

Categories: Coastal, Disaster, Emergency Management

National, International Link
Trocaire Climate Change, Climate Justice Primary School Curriculum

Trocaire has developed curriculum for primary school students which addresses both climate justice, and climate impacts with a focus on Ireland and Ethiopia.

Categories: Climate Change, Education, Climate Justice, Curriculum

International Link
Tribal Solid Waste Education and Assistance Program

ITEP is coordinating an onsite mentoring project as part of our Tribal Solid Waste Education and Assistance Program (TSWEAP). If your tribe is facing challenges in implementing waste diversion or source reduction activities as part of your solid waste program (for example recycling, composting, minimizing hazardous substances in your waste stream, making tribally-owned facilities more sustainable, etc.) – then this new project may be the way for you to move forward.

Categories: Education Development, Infrastructure Development, Waste Diversion, Source Reduction, Sustainability.

National Link
Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, along with Adaptation International, created the Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook, which provides a framework for climate change adaptation planning in the context of existing tribal priorities. The Guidebook builds on the on-going climate-related work in tribal communities, directly considers the unique issues facing Indigenous communities, and identifies opportunities and guidance for incorporating Traditional Knowledges based on the Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup’s Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges (TKs) in Climate Change Initiatives. The Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook is designed to be useful for tribes at any stage of adaptation planning and with varying degrees of funding and staff capacity. The Guidebook is designed so that tribes can work through any applicable section and skip sections that are not applicable. The development of the guidebook was overseen by a group of advisors who supported the writing staff by refining the goals and objectives for the Guidebook and by providing regular reviews throughout the development process. The project was funded by a grant from the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative and received supplemental funding from the Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium and the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute.

Categories: adaptation, planning, resource, climate change

National, Northwest 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.

Categories: Science, Education, Data Collection

National, International Link
The Globe Program

GLOBE Observer is an international network of citizen scientists and scientists working together to learn more about our shared environment and changing climate. The GLOBE Observer Program currently accepts observations of Clouds and Mosquito Habitats, with planned expansion to other types of data in the future. The cloud observations help NASA scientists understand clouds from below (the ground) and above (from space). Clouds play an important role in transferring energy from the Sun to different parts of the Earth system. Since clouds can change rapidly, scientists need frequent observations from citizen scientists.

Categories: climate change, citizen participation, science, data collection, climate change education, environment

The Effectiveness and Implementation of 4-Poster Deer Self-Treatment Devices for Tick-borne Disease Prevention

In the last decade, the reported incidence of tick-borne disease has increased significantly in the United States.1, 2 Climate change is projected to alter the geographic and seasonal distribution of existing vectors and risk of vector-borne diseases.3 Resilient public health preparedness efforts and climate adaptation plans could mitigate the anticipated change in tick-borne disease risk. Health departments and other local jurisdictions have a variety of options available to combat the spread of tick-borne illness. Assessing public health interventions, Step 3 of CDC’s Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework,4 is a necessary step before choosing an intervention strategy. This document seeks to provide guidance on one potential intervention activity, and provides a summary of peer-reviewed and grey literature to determine the effectiveness of the 4-Poster self-treatment bait station device for controlling tick populations among white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) hosts. Procedures for implementation of the 4-Poster device, occupational health and safety guidelines, and other considerations relating to 4-Poster device usage that may impact effectiveness are discussed.

Categories: climate change, adaptation, mitigation, disease, infection, awareness, planning, policy, management, prevention

National Link
Technical Documentation on Exposure-Response Functions for Climate-Sensitive Health Outcomes

Climate change and climate variability influence human health in a variety of ways, and it may be important for the public health sector to consider these threats. Understanding the current and future burden of climate-sensitive diseases may benefit planning and response activities. As part of the Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative (CRSCI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) introduced the five-step iterative Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Framework (Figure 1) designed to help the public health sector plan for and adapt to climate-related hazards.

Categories: disease, infection, human health, hazard, prevention, prediction, adaptation, climate change, mitigation, planning, policy, management

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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.

Categories: social justice, sovereignty, self-determination, protest, treaty rights, social change, fossil fuel, capitalism

North Dakota, National, Midwest
State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Educational Resources

Rhode Island DEM maintains a list of environmental education materials for students and teachers.

Categories: Education, Environment, Sustainability, Science

National Link