Incorporating climate literacy and education about climate change into schools is an important factor in making Montgomery County a more sustainable community and necessary to meet our goal of zero carbon emissions by 2035. In the days of COVID-19, in person trainings on climate change education are few and far between, but there are a wide variety of online resources on how to incorporate climate literacy into classrooms. Having conversations about climate change and its impacts on our community can help students and teachers better understand the experiences of others not only in their community, but on a regional, national, and global level.
Here is a list of online resources for teachers and community members to better educate themselves, their peers, and their students on climate change and its multifaceted and inequitable effects. This list is in no way exhaustive, but merely a jumping off point to start conversations about how to best incorporate climate literacy into the spaces we occupy on a day to day basis. Schools can take these recommendations and adapt them to suit their own needs and the needs of their students. Happy learning!
Resources for Teachers
Henderson, J., & Drewes, A. (Eds.) (2020). Teaching climate change in the United States. New York: Routledge.
This is a book written by a climate educator and talks about ways in which to incorporate climate change into school curriculum. The book includes case studies from school districts around the United States.
California Environmental Education Framework
Premade curriculum from Stanford
8 Ways To Teach Climate Change In Almost Any Classroom
NASA’s Global Climate Change webpage
American Association of Geographers
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Alliance for Climate Education
Written and compiled by: Sarah Kallgren, Climate Intern