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.

Titlesort descending Description Category Geography Website
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) El Nino Theme Page

NOAA has collected a list of outside educational resources on El Nino and La Nina events.

El Nino, Climate Science, Education National, International Link
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Global Warming Factsheet

NOAA has summarized information within the IPCC AR4 international climate assessment and presents the data in an easy-to-read, brief manner.

Climate Science, Data National, International Link
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climate Data Center--Global Climate Change

NCDC is the world's largest active archive of weather data. NCDC produces numerous climate publications and responds to data requests from all over the world. NCDC provides climate data resources on this website.

Climate Science, Data National, International Link
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Climate Education Resources

This website includes multimedia, climate data, and educational unites about climate change impacts in the US.

Education, Climate Impacts, Climate Data National Link
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Educational Graphics on Climate Change

NOAA has developed a series of educational multi-media graphics to help explain climate change processes.

Climate Science, Data, Education National, International Link
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): National Climate Assessment (NCA) Teaching Resources

The National Climate Assessment offers a wealth of actionable science about the causes, effects, risks and possible responses to human-caused climate change. NOAA, the NCAnet Education Affinity Group, and members of the CLEAN Network have developed a series of guides for educators that focus on the regional chapters of the Assessment Report, helping to unpack the key messages of each region and point to related, high-quality online resources.

Education, Climate Assessment, Climate Science, Data 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Stanford University: Climate Change Education Project

Stanford's Climate Change Education Project offers free curriculum to teach about what drives climate change, climate impacts, and other climate issues; curriculum is for grades 6-12.

Climate Impacts, Education, Curriculum National, International Link
State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Educational Resources

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

Education, Environment, Sustainability, Science National 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
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.

disease, infection, human health, hazard, prevention, prediction, adaptation, climate change, mitigation, planning, policy, management National Link
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.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, disease, infection, awareness, planning, policy, management, prevention National 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
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.

climate change, citizen participation, science, data collection, climate change education, environment 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.

adaptation, planning, resource, climate change National, Northwest 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.

Education Development, Infrastructure Development, Waste Diversion, Source Reduction, Sustainability. National 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.

Climate Change, Education, Climate Justice, Curriculum International 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.

Coastal, Disaster, Emergency Management 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.

shorelines, coasts, coastal communities, coastal resilience, erosion, NOAA, carbon sequestration Coasts 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.

Climate Science, Environmental Justice, Adaptation National, 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.

Climate Change, Education, Clearinghouse 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.

Climate Change, Education International Link
UNESCO Climate Education Clearinghouse

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

Climate Education, Clearinghouse National, International Link