Climate Change Education

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Climate Change Education has been identified by CBEEN as an area that requires increased attention. As stated in our recent Inventory and Assessment of Community-based Environmental Education, “Currently, climate change is the biggest environmental threat in the Columbia Basin yet only 9% of inventoried (environmental) organizations are focusing on it.”

Below is a summary of recommended Climate Change Education Resources. Please get in touch with us if you have any suggestions for resources or professional development opportunities that we can share with other members of CBEEN.

Climate Change Education Workshop

March 3
Chamber Building, Nelson

Do you want to teach about Climate Change? But want to learn more about the local science and education resources? This workshop will be grounded in local climate science using projections and historical information for our region. It will feature activities, resources, discussion groups and examples of effective climate change education across the region, province and country. Workshop participants will also consider barriers to teaching about climate change and develop solutions to overcome these barriers. You will learn strategies to support students in using critical thinking skills to approach climate change through a solutions based approach. This workshop is co-hosted by CBEEN, Wildsight, EEPSA and Columbia Basin Trust.

This workshop is now FULL. If you would like CBEEN to host this event in the future, please click here to add your name and email to the list.

Recommended Climate Change Education Resources 

Funding and support for local and regional community-based projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change impacts such as fire, flood and drought.

This primer provides a brief introduction to some of the Earth’s natural systems that sustain us and indicates how our daily activities and societal actions have affected these systems.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the BCTF teamed up to create these free classroom-ready materials that help students engage with climate change.

A online database with teaching resources related to climate change and that are relevant to the BC K-12 curriculum.

Free online education programs about climate change that engage and empower students to create positive change.

Climate change adaptation lesson plans and infographics to inform and engage people in Canada on energy topics, to support them in making informed choices.

The North American Association for Environmental Education’s climate change education group including virtual conference sessions, blog posts and discussions.

The Canadian Sustainability Curriculum Review Initiative identifies what learning research indicates are suitable for children to address at various stages in their development.

A comprehensive collection of lesson plans, books, outdoor activities, and videos on climate change

A guidebook based on peer-reviewed research and practitioner best practices, which seeks to help answer the question “What is excellent climate change education?”

Recommended resources that can be purchased by CBEEN members at discounted rates, including resources on teaching kids and teens about climate change.

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