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Climate Change Resources for Educators

Information and learning plans for teachers who aren’t sure where to start

By Ross Brenneman

Teachers—and the public in general—often don’t know where to start when it comes to educating themselves about climate change. Here’s USC Rossier’s guide.

THE SCIENCE

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the United Nations body tasked with gathering the data on climate change. Their latest report “represents the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge on climate change,” says Gale Sinatra, the Stephen H. Crocker Professor of Education at USC Rossier.

Read the report.

UNDERSTANDING CLIMATE SCIENCE AS A SOCIAL ISSUE

Carmen G. Gonzalez, Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law, delivered the 2019 DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture at the University of California, San Diego, speaking on how climate change is no longer a scientific issue, but one of social justice.

“Climate change is one of the most pressing social justice issues of our time, primarily caused by the greenhouse gas emissions of the most affluent populations. Its consequences are being experienced most acutely by those who contributed least to the problem and have the fewest resources to protect themselves from harm, including the small island states, the least-develops countries, indigenous peoples and the poor.”

Watch the lecture.

RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS

A growing number of resources show how climate change is interdisciplinary. We recommend two:

American Educator, Winter 2019–20 is a climate-focused edition of the American Federation of Teachers’ magazine with lessons on climate change for English language arts, social studies and science teachers alike.

Read the magazine.

The NAACP has been on the front lines of the climate justice movement and has amassed scores of teaching resources connecting climate change with equity.

See the toolkit.

Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school.

View learning plans.