Teaching About Climate Change: Cool Schools Tackle Global Warming. During the lifetime of today`s students, global climate change is likely to be the biggest single challenge that humanity will face. So how can educators and parents prepare the citizens and leaders of tomorrow to tackle this challenge effectively?
Making reductions in greenhouse gas emissions is a national focus in both the U.S. and Canada, and schools are well-placed to combine conservation strategies with an education program that makes links between lifestyle choices and the future of the planet.
This exciting resource provides educators at all grade levels with strategies to teach about global warming and engage students` interest in doing their part to help cool the planet. Compiled from the pages of North America`s leading environmental education journal Green Teacher, Teaching About Climate Change is packed with lesson plans, activities, experiments, and worksheets. From calculating your school`s CO2 emissions and other greenhouse effect experiments, to strategies for reducing school energy consumption, and hands-on explorations of energy and transportation alternatives from solar cookers to bikeathons, this compendium provides the tools to get any classroom or community involved in making their school cool.
About the Editors
Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn have edited Green Teacher — the world`s best-selling environmental education magazine — for over a decade. Both were formerly High School teachers and live in Toronto, Ontario. Green Teacher is a non-profit quarterly offering practical ideas for K-12 educators and parents who seek to foster environmental literacy and global awareness in young people.
Teachers and students will gain a comprehensive understanding of global climate change by participating in activities found within Teaching about Climate Change. The hands-on, minds-on teaching strategies will engage students in the critical thinking skills they will need to make important decisions about their energy use both now and in the future. – Jennie Lane, Director, Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program, Steven`s Point, Wisconsin
It`s time to live our talk, and where better than in our schools? There`s lots we can do to protect the biosphere on which we depend. This book provides valuable lessons – that we affect the world by the way we consume, travel, work and play, and we can influence that world by deliberate action. – David Suzuki, Geneticist, Broadcaster and Author, Vancouver, BC
Look in your classroom. The kids facing you are the ones who will pay for climate change. Many of them have the life expectancy to celebrate 2100. Teaching about climate change is not a matter of choice. Not anymore. – Claude Villeneuve, Sain-Prime, Quebec, author of Living with Climate Change.