Institute Presenting at BayCLIC meeting

Providing Educators Vetted with Climate Resources


Environmental educators in the Bay Area and beyond are interested in discussing climate change in their programs but face challenges. These challenges range from not having enough time to go through all of the available resources to desiring more climate related professional development opportunities. This is a missed opportunity given that environmental institutions like parks, zoos, and aquariums can help make climate change more tangible through place-based and experiential learning.

According to a 2014 needs assessment, the biggest barrier that Bay Area environmental educators have to talking about climate change is a lack of internal capacity. This includes time, staffing, funding, and also professional development, particularly in the latest scientific information and basic communications strategies. While many new educator resources have cropped up in the past few years, even the best quality resources are not necessarily being used because many educators do not have the time to comb through them.

As a group run by environmental educators, BayCLIC is keenly aware of challenges that educators face and intends to make integrating climate change into educational programming as simple as possible. In the fall of 2017, BayCLIC will be putting out a climate education roadmap, which will provide educators with a concise step-based process for how to talk about climate. In the meantime, educators can look over BayCLIC’s recommend climate education resources as a starting point, located below.

 

Climate tools

Title Summary
Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Use this to find out about the psychological, cultural, and political factors that shape public opinion and action on climate change among different groups.

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)

Use this to connect to informal and formal climate educators and access over 650 carefully vetted climate education materials which can be filtered by grade-level, NGSS standards, and resource type and more.

Climate Access

Use this to connect to a global network of climate and clean energy communicators, attend in person or web-based trainings, and download climate outreach research and tip sheets.

Climate Interpreter

Use this to access the latest climate communications framing resources produced by the National Network of Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) and participating partners.

National Climate Assessment (NCA) Resources for Educators for the Southwest Region

Use this to look up key figures, lesson plans, videos and visualizations related to NCA key messages, to provide deeper understanding of climate science and the implications of climate variability for Southwest region (which includes California).

Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science

Use this to get a grounding in the essential principles of formal and informal climate education, including information on Earth’s climate, climate impacts, and strategies for adaptation and mitigation.

Climate tools

Use this to find out about the psychological, cultural, and political factors that shape public opinion and action on climate change among different groups.

Use this to connect to informal and formal climate educators and access over 650 carefully vetted climate education materials which can be filtered by grade-level, NGSS standards, and resource type and more.

Use this to connect to a global network of climate and clean energy communicators, attend in person or web-based trainings, and download climate outreach research and tip sheets.

Use this to access the latest climate communications framing resources produced by the National Network of Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) and participating partners.

Use this to look up key figures, lesson plans, videos and visualizations related to NCA key messages, to provide deeper understanding of climate science and the implications of climate variability for Southwest region (which includes California).

Use this to get a grounding in the essential principles of formal and informal climate education, including information on Earth’s climate, climate impacts, and strategies for adaptation and mitigation.