Practice Brief 68 -- Topics: Equity Instruction

Keeping Climate Science Learning and Instruction Focused on Creating Solutions and Building Community Resilience

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Why It Matters To You

Climate change is affecting us all. Young people and low-income communities of color are some of the most heavily impacted populations. As anticipated impacts worsen, people under 30 suffer from increasing levels of sleep disorders, despair, depression and substance abuse. Research has shown that teaching climate science alone contributes to anxieties and phobias. By also introducing students to climate solutions—along with opportunities to take scientific and civic action—climate learning can have a positive effect on students’ well-being and life and employment prospects.

Authors:

ABBY RUSKEY, DEB MORRISON & PHILIP BELL


Reflection Questions

  • What community-based organizations, agencies, tribes or businesses might you approach and partner with for field-based, locally-relevant climate solutions learning?
  • How can you address the social and emotional dimensions of learning about climate science? How can you provide students with experiences for meaning-making and grief processing as it connects to taking action?

Things to Consider

Attending to Equity

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