Outreach and Education

Some climate change issues can be addressed at the local level, through work with your tribal community. For example, you may want to work with tribal schools or have an information booth at community events. Numerous outreach and educational resources about climate change are available online and can be adapted for your target audience. This page provides a list of resources available and some websites to help children learn about climate change. ITEP's Environmental Education Outreach Program can provide more ideas to aide your outreach and education efforts.

» Communicating Climate Change

» Educational Materials and Curricula

» Climate Change Websites for Kids

Communicating Climate Change    [Top]
  • Climate Communication for Local Governments (ICLEI)
    To help you improve your communication on climate action, ICLEI has compiled guidelines and tips from leading academic publications—as well as ICLEI’s own staff and local government members—applicable to the situations like these: Engaging community members or municipal staff in the development of your energy or climate action plan; "Selling" climate action to your elected officials; Presenting your greenhouse gas inventory results at a city council meeting; Writing text for your climate action plan or website; Creating messaging for your mayor. November 2011.

  • Climate Education/Climate Masters publications
    Publications by the Resources Innovation Group, including Climate Communications and Behavior Change Guide.

  • The Psychology of Climate Change Communication (Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Columbia University)
    Guide provides principles derived from the social sciences concerning how to communicate effectively about climate change. 2009.

  • ICLEI Resource Guide: Outreach and Communication (ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability)
    Guide is intended as a resource for local governments interested in engaging community members in their climate protection efforts. Includes overview of communication, identifying and reaching target audiences, and options for communicating climate change. Jan. 2009

  • Knowledge Building Series: Communicating Climate Change (US EPA Region 8)
    Provides tips for communicating climate change. 4 pages. 2009
    Knowledge Building Series: Communicating Climate Change

  • American Climate Attitudes: An Analysis of Public Opinion Trends and Recommendations for Advancing Public Engagement on Global Warming (Resource Innovation Group)
    An analysis of significant public opinion trends on global warming, report provides communication and engagement recommendations for climate practitioners based on polling data, research and the authors' experience as climate and environmental communicators. May 2011.

Educational Materials and Curricula    [Top]

CSI: Climate Status Investigations (The Keystone Center)
The Keystone Center provides a variety of lesson plans for middle and high school on the topic of climate change.

  • CAMEL—Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, E-Learning
    CAMEL is a free, comprehensive, interdisciplinary, multi-media resource for educators to enable them to effectively teach about climate change and allowing them to create and share curricular resources. Website has links to variety of resources, including articles, risk assessment tools, audio/podcasts, case studies, games, images, lesson plans, presentations, and much more.

  • Enduring Legacies Native Cases Project (Evergreen State College)
    The Enduring Legacies Native Cases Project provides teaching resources and culturally relevant curriculum in the form of case studies on key issues in Indian country. Several case studies related to climate change can be found in the Environmental Studies page of the Case Collection, including "Addressing Climate Change at a Tribal Level" (about the Swinomish Climate Change Initiative)," Silak: Ice and Consciousness. The Arctic and Climate Change", and "Climate Change Implications for the Quileute and Hoh Tribes" (about Traditional Ecological Knowledge and climate change impacts on two coastal Washington tribes). *

  • American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges (National Museum of the American Indian)
    Working in partnership with four Indian tribes, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian launched a website that demonstrates how tribes use traditional culture, values, and indigenous knowledge in combination with science and technology to tackle environmental issues. The site is designed to educate middle school and high school students and teachers. Visitors to the website can watch up to 20 different videos, explore images and objects from the museum’s collection, learn Native terms, and test their knowledge by taking quizzes. In addition, the site has an interactive element that enables students to document environmental issues of their own and upload their work to the website. Environmental stewardship is a deeply held Native cultural value that remains important to many American Indians to this day. The website shows visitors how American Indian communities are dealing with contemporary environmental and cultural issues. The partnering tribes that assisted with this website are the Akwesasne Mohawk of New York, the Campo Kumeyaay Nation of California, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe of Minnesota, and the Lummi Nation of Washington.

  • Climate Curriculum Resources (California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board)
    Website provides links to lesson plans, activities and teaching modules on climate change subjects. Information is categorized by elementary school, middle/high school and various grade levels that may include a combination of kindergarten through 12th grade.

  • Teachers’ Domain: Digital Media for Education
    Teachers' Domain is an extensive library of free digital media resources produced by public television, designed for classroom use and professional development.

  • Windows to the Universe (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research-UCAR)
    Go to Teacher Resources>Classroom Activities for a large number of activities, grouped according to three levels.

  • Project Learn (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research-UCAR)
    Lesson plans for middle school.

  • Global Warming Materials for Educators (Union of Concerned Scientists)
    Teaching materials (secondary level) on renewable energy, climate change.

  • Your Climate, Your Future (World Wildlife Fund)
    Downloadable high school curriculum divided into fifteen lessons with handouts, a glossary and additional resources.

  • NOAA Education Resources: Climate (NOAA)
    The collections under this theme are developed to improve Climate Literacy and to provide access to scientific information, which can inform personal decisions about actions that influence climate. The Climate Change Impacts Collection includes resources to help educators teach about the impacts (predicted and observed) of climate change. The resources that are provided address global issues such as ocean acidification and sea ice changes, as well as more localized information and activities for specific geographic regions.

  • Climate Change—What You Can Do At School (US EPA)
    Provides resources for students, educators, and administrators; includes Climate CHECK, a downloadable emissions calculator to use in schools.

  • Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit (US Global Change Research Program)
    Tookit aids educators in teaching how climate change is affecting the nation’s wildlife and public lands, and how everyone can become “climate stewards.” Divides country into 11 ecoregions and includes case studies and activities.

  • Climate Change: A Wisconsin Activity Guide—Grades 7-12 (Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources)
    The 12 activities in this teacher’s guide will help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to become informed and active participants in society’s climate change discussions. The guide touches on both the scientific aspects of climate change and social issues. 2009.

  • The Climate Change Collection
    List of online resources developed and reviewed by a team of science teachers, climate scientists and learning experts for accuracy and effectiveness. Includes background materials, high-quality web portals, classroom activities, and research on misconceptions about weather and climate.

  • GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment)
    Worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program; promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations.

  • Stabilization Wedges Game (Carbon Mitigation Initiative, Princeton University)
    Team-based game that teaches players about the scale of the greenhouse gas problem plus technologies that exist to reduce our carbon emissions. Could be used with high-school students or adults.

  • K-12 Energy Lesson Plans & Activities (US Dept. of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)
    Links to more than 350 lesson plans and activities on energy efficiency and renewable energy for grades K-12.

  • Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility Education and Outreach Program (US Dept. of Energy)
    Lesson plans related to weather and climate for grades K-12. Includes lessons for North Slope of Alaska and Southern Great Plains.

  • National Energy Education and Development (NEED) Project
    Educational materials about energy.

  • The Climate Institute
    List of educational resources.

  • Book: Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect
    By Colin Hocking, Cary I. Sneider, John Erickson, and Richard Golden, Lawrence Hall of Science, Univ. of California at Berkeley GEMS teacher's guide, grades 7-8.

  • Book: Teaching About Climate Change: Cool Schools Tackle Global Warming
    Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn (editors), Toronto: Green Teacher, 2001, Grades K-12. Activities to use at school, at home, or in the community.

  • Video: It’s All About Carbon (Climate Connections: NPR)
    Animated five-part video series about carbon. Climate Connections website also has audio files, videos, and news stories about climate change.

  • Fever – a Video Guide
    This is a series of 4 short films for indigenous communities to raise awareness and build knowledge about the issue of climate change and how it relates to indigenous peoples, cultures, rights and territories. In these films we hear the stories of indigenous peoples from communities in Ecuador, Nicaragua, the Philippines and Indonesia. The films and a facilitator’s guide can be downloaded for free. These films are provided by LifeMosaic, a Scottish non-profit that supports indigenous peoples in the humid tropics to get their voices heard, and to access the information that they need to make informed decisions about their futures.

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* This item was added to the website with support from the US Forest Service and Sustainable Northwest.

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Last updated: March 29, 2012