”Climate change is no longer some far-off problem; it is happening here, it is happening now.” Barack Obama on Climate Change President of the United States of America
Link to Environmental Optimism
A solutions approach to climate change education
Essential Guide to teaching Climate Change
A guide put out by the province of Manitoba as a guide for teachers on how to teach about climate change. Check out page 6 where there is a guide to age appropriate action for grades k-6.
The purpose of this guide is to present opportunities to evolve students’ understanding of the climate and climate change, assess the risks and opportunities to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate, unpack ethical dimensions, and honour emotions that are part of the process of coming to understand the complexity and urgency of the issue.
Climate change curriculum broken down into Grades 1-2, 4 to 6, 7 to 9, and 10-12. Organized in topics of weather and climate, influence of weather and climate, human influence on climate, climate change impact, the response to climate change-social and technical.
Project Drawdown is a global research organization that identifies, reviews, and analyzes the most viable solutions to climate change, and shares these findings with the world.
They partner with communities, policy-makers, universities, non-profits, businesses, investors, and philanthropists to deploy climate solutions as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible.
Consider how you can take a solutions based approach to Climate change utilizing this amazing resource.
Check out this website for some tips on how to spark up conversations around climate change without it turning into a heated and uncomfortable debate.
Grades: 10-12, BC/Canadian content
A Climate Policy Quest explores how policy is used to build a low carbon future. Developed with support from Environment and Climate Change Canada, this program aims to empower youth to become informed and active citizens for tackling climate change.
Sample of some of the lesson plans and activities included in the FREE program:
HOW IS CLIMATE CHANGE SHAPING THIS WORLD?
GLOBAL IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
WHAT ROLE CAN POLICY PLAY IN BUILDING A LOW CARBON FUTURE?
HOW DOES CANADA CONTRIBUTE TO GLOBAL GHG EMISSIONS?
WHAT ROLE CAN CANADA PLAY IN GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION?
WHAT MAKES A GOOD CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY?CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY AND INDIGENOUS RELATIONS
Teacher Guide and Class Set
Recommended Age: Grade 8
Each book in ISSUES 21 is built upon an inquiry framework with three main components: an essential question, a sequence of instruction that provides modeling, mentoring, and monitoring; and a culminating writing activity. Students are introduced to the topic via an open-ended inquiry question. Students are challenged to investigate, analyze, and demonstrate knowledge of the real-world issues.
NOTE: all ISSUES 21 resources are booked through the LRC OR your Teacher Librarian.
The Neighbourhood Urban Forestry Coolkit is a visual and fun guide for people to engage with family, friends, and neighbours on issues and solutions related to urban forestry and climate change on their block. Created locally by UBC gradute students.
Since 2008, more than half of the world’s population is living in urbanized areas. In cities, people consider green spaces as an important indicator of their living environment and quality of life, given their values and services such as shading in a hot summer day or beautifying a street nearby.
This amazing kit provides a full set of lessons to explore trees on your local school ground and local school neighbourhood.
Lessons include: Mapping, measuring, and experiential observations.
Consider: The city of Courtenay has an active Urban Forest Plan in place, it s encouraged to get a hold of the city planner to see how they might be able to support your lessons and student learning.
Contact the SD71’s Environmental and Outdoor Leaning Teacher for help with local field trip suggestions and speakers to compliment these lessons. email@example.com
Circular Economy Lessons & Resources
To accelerate the transition to a circular economy, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation works across five areas to bring positive economic change on a global level. Engaging with decision makers from government, business and academia, the Foundation aims to inspire and transmit circular economy thinking through insights & analysis, learning activities, and collaborative business opportunities.
Resources for Rethinking provides immediate access to more than 1000 quality classroom resources. It connects teachers to lesson plans, books, videos and other materials that explore the environmental, social and economic dimensions of important issues and events unfolding in our world today. This resources has been reviewed by experienced classroom teachers and matched to relevant curriculum outcomes for each province and territory. Use the search engine to find resources and read the reviews. Most of these materials can be downloaded immediately.
Be The Change Earth Alliance is a Vancouver-based charitable organization that empowers individual and collective change for a resilient, just, connected, and sustainable world. We provide interactive educational programming that engages citizens in understanding their role in fostering global sustainability solutions.
Be The Change Earth Alliance currently fulfills our mandate through providing
(FREE) curriculum resources, professional development and capacity building opportunities for teachers and students, and environmental education services to schools, school districts, and municipalities.
Click HERE to register and have FULL access to all their online resources
Grade Level: 11-12
Understanding Food and Climate Change: A Systems Perspective explores the links between food systems and our changing climate with an emphasis on systems thinking. A systems approach helps to illuminate how seemingly disconnected phenomena are often dynamically linked and can be understood best when viewed in a larger context. This collection of essays contains an extensive bibliography that provides resources for further investigation.
Cool It! empowers young sustainability champions in the region to learn about climate change and how to take action, and supports teachers to deliver climate education activities through the provided teachers guide.
- engaging 90 minute workshop in your classroom
- 4-week challenge
- prizes and certificates
- winning class in the region will receive a celebration!
The program is free for classes, thanks to generous support by the Comox Valley Regional District, and is linked to the BC curriculum. We are taking bookings for Fall now, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
Lessons for Transformation
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the BC Teachers’ Federation have teamed up to create free classroom-ready materials that help students engage with the two great inconvenient truths of our time: climate change and rising inequality. Consisting of eight modules designed for students in grades 8 to 12 (adaptable for intermediate), the package explores climate justice within the context of BC’s communities, history, economy and ecology.
Free online education programs about climate change and empower students to create positive change.
Climate Change Adaptation
For grades 6 to 9 for classes in a variety of disciplines. This lesson plan encourages students to think about climate change adaptation and mitigation through a variety of activities that teachers can choose from, from simpler activities like a value line, to a major final project where students create their own exhibit on climate change.
As cities around the world race to implement green canopy strategies, we’ve developed a metric—the Green View Index—by which to evaluate and compare canopy cover. In collaboration with the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities and the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community, we will continue to grow this database to span cities all over the globe. Click the image to explore the green canopy tool.