With climate change at the forefront of the news for many reasons, we face some difficult questions in what we can do to slow down its progress. Local youth are making a big impact and can teach us about what we can do moving forward.
Rural communities are hard hit by changes in weather and climate, but often left out climate discussions. The Jefferson Center in St. Paul, MN, used a citizen jury model to create Rural Climate Dialogues, engaging rural residents with the resources and information they need to think critically and create sustainable community solutions. Their representative recommendations address actual community needs, which are presented to local, state, and national policymakers.
An African American leader in Denver has created and is circulating a webpage for Black History Month that highlights Black conservation leaders in Colorado. Check it out and consider doing something similar in your state or region!
As we enter a New Year, we all know that we need to increase and enhance our Climate Change Education efforts. I’m hoping that we will all create opportunities to make more progress in working with others to tackle Climate Change.
The Ecological Teaching and Learning Master of Science degree may no longer be available through Lesley University, but thanks to Coleen O'Connel and a group of ETL Alumni, there is a bright future in store for Ecological Teachers and Learners both old and new on the coast of Maine!
Interested in a workshop where you can learn with fellow educators about how to include more climate science in your classroom? Check out the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy workshops run by Dr. Shakhashiri at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
This segment provides important perspectives for educators, parents and anyone who works with young people who are growing up, working for governmental action, and coming to grips with our warming planet.
Even after 40 years (40! Can that be true?), I continue to love attending the conference. As a student, a museum educator, an independent contractor, and even now as NAAEE’s conference manager, I’ve relished this week as it breathes life into both my personal and professional spirits. Each year, I’ve built on existing relationships and I’ve come away with friends and colleagues, new hope, and new perspectives that have greatly enhanced my career and beyond.