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KQED Call for Change
Opportunity

Encourage your middle and high school students to think critically about local and national issues and create media voicing their perspectives and advocating for change. PBS Member Station KQED’s Call for Change Youth Media Challenge is currently open for student submissions through June 2023.

Date and Time:

Thursday, September 1, 2022, 12:00pm

Registration Deadline:

Thursday, June 30, 2022, 12:28pm

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Students testing water from local aquatic ecosystems
Testing water from local aquatic ecosystems. Photo credit: Angela Darveau
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Moderator Endorsed: Global EE

As environmental educators, it can be easy to focus on problems like climate change, deforestation, and extinction, but that can have negative impacts on young generations. Rather than inspiring them to care more, this can sometimes have the opposite affect by causing young people to feel helpless to make change. We can combat this by fostering a sense of place in our students, focusing on local ecosystems, and encouraging them to see nature all around them. A focus on local solutions gives us a chance to see how just a few people can make a big difference. We can inspire others by emphasizing tangible actions that they can personally take, since it always feels better to do something about the problems you see. Small adjustments to these lessons may be all it takes to change someone’s outlook!

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Photo credit: Holly Peterson/Westgate Community School
Blog
Moderator Endorsed: Global EE

After college, I became disheartened that environmental education was not the career path that I wanted to continue. Every position I saw offered low wages, part-time, or volunteer work. Then I found Westgate Community School (WCS), a K–12 charter school unlike any other. Environmental Education and Service Learning are just two pieces of Westgate’s whole child education that I lead as the Environmental Education Coordinator. I take care of goats, chickens, barn cats, and a snake daily. I teach topics about all things environmental. I am here to talk about my work at Westgate and explain why we must integrate environmental education into our public school systems.

A graph showing temperature change in North America since 1901, starting with blue-color stripes on the left which change to red as the timeline becomes more recent.
"Show Your Stripes" image showing temperature change in North America since 1901. Most recent temperatures are on the right. Image credit: Professor Ed Hawkins (University of Reading) showyourstripes.info
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Moderator Endorsed: K-12 EE

Members of the Climate Change eePRO Group met at the NAAEE Annual Conference in October 2022. This blog recaps what was discussed and shares links to resources that were mentioned during the session.

Learning

Climate Conversations is a 5-session online program that improves your ability to effectively and authentically engage others in discussing climate change. This program is for conservation professionals, informal learning volunteers, and anyone who cares about nature and is concerned about the impact of climate change.

Date and Time:

Friday, January 6, 2023, 1:00pm

Registration Deadline:

Friday, February 3, 2023, 2:15pm

Please join our K-12 group meet-up in Tucson

On Friday, October 14th, at 1-2pm Mountain time, please join us in the Palo Verde Room!! Hope to see you there!!

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FLOWER Model
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Moderator Endorsed: Climate Change Education

The Framework for Long-Term, Whole-System, Equity-Based Reflection (FLOWER) is a tool for exploring multisolving, which is when one investment of time or money solves many problems at once. The FLOWER diagram can help explore what co-benefits are created by a solution and how equitably those benefits are shared. This packet of resources includes complete instructions and a slide deck to equip educators and facilitators to run this activity online with students and adult learners.

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Activity, Lesson Plan
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Our World in Data Logo
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Moderator Endorsed: Climate Change Education

Our World in Data’s mission is to publish the research and data to make progress against the world’s largest problems. If you are looking for data to expand your personal knowledge or augment lessons about sustainability, social justice, and more - this is the site for you! It contains numerous articles, charts and graphs, organized by subject area/issue.

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Website, Publication, Article/Report
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Reading Guide Cover
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Moderator Endorsed: Climate Change Education

The Climate Fiction and Nonfiction Reading Guide developed by Climate Generation will help you bring climate change books to your English/Language Arts classes, book clubs, science classes, and beyond. Climate change fiction and non-fiction books are included, along with book summaries, reading levels, discussion questions, and relevant news articles to bring the content to life.

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