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Climate Education Resources (LUCSUS, Lund University, Sweden)

This is the lab website of Professor Kim Nicholas. The site contains a collection of diverse research and resources focused on assessing and improving teaching approaches.


Dr. Nicholas offers a unique approach to a climate change curriculum based on IPCC science.  She lays out 5 points as guidelines for how to teach about climate change. Her points provide a path for constructively discussing climate change: 1. It’s warming; 2. It’s us; 3. We’re sure; 4. It’s bad; 5. We can fix it.


More on the curriculum (including the “We Can Fix It World cafe) can be found at


Keywords: Sustainability science in higher education, youth action, IPCC science curriculum, teaching activities, high school science



Books for Teaching About Climate Change (Yale Climate Connections)

Yale Climate Connections offers 9 suggestions on books for teaching climate change communication, eco-literacy, and eco-justice.


The books range from broader introductions on relevant topics to more specific descriptions of hands-on techniques for teachers. The books provide resources to integrate these topics into diverse courses and subject.


More on the list of books can be found at Yale Climate Connections.


Keywords: Climate change communication, eco-literacy, eco-justice, teaching theory and practice



Nine Climate Change Books for Educators (Yale Climate Connections)

This list of books from Yale Climate Connections gives suggestions for resources that address the general theory and practice of teaching climate change.


The books range from overviews to covering more specifically reading and writing about climate change and hands-on curricula, lesson plans, and projects.  The suggested resources could easily be utilized in a variety of settings.


More on the list of books can be found at Yale Climate Connections.


Keywords: Curricula, lesson plans, reading and writing climate change, climate education overviews



Goals for Good (Global Action Plan)

Goals for Good is a course offered by the Global Action plan that combines research on positive psychology and sustainability to promote well-being for young people.


The workshop is designed for use with 14-18 year olds and is available for free download.  The course aims to help young people live happier, healthier, and more planet friendly lifestyles.


Explore the course and the rationale behind it on the Global Action Plan website.


Keywords: Workshop course, young people, well-being, sustainable behaviors



Transform Our World (Global Action Plan)

Provided by the Global Action Plan, Transform Our World is an online resource hub for teachers seeking to foster environmental action with their students.


The site offers resources that help educators to stimulate discussion about personal well-being and environmental stewardship.  These resources are peer-rated and values-themed, and are available for free.


Visit the Global Action Plan website for resources and background information.


Keywords: Resources, teachers, environmental action, well-being, values-based education



UC-CSU NXTerra (UC-Santa Barbara)

This site provides resources for instructors at the post-secondary level to strengthen their teaching and learning about climate change.


The resources are geared towards use across disciplines and relate to topics such as the climate crisis, critical sustainability, and climate justice studies.  Resources can be browsed by theme, topic, or campus.


Check out the website, to learn more about this collection of resources.


Keywords: Higher education, resources, climate crisis, climate justice, classroom activities



Climate Education for Kids Increases Climate Concern for Parents (North Carolina State University)

This article summary describes how teaching youth about climate change can lead to greater climate concern on the part of their parents.


Conducted by a group of researchers at North Carolina State University, the study showed that middle school students studying a climate change curriculum had increased concern for climate change.  The parents of these students also had their climate change concerns increase as well.


Check out the article to see more about these findings.


Keywords: Climate change curriculum, behavior change, middle school



Education for Sustainability (The New Zealand Curriculum Online)

This website offers a collection of resources connecting education for sustainability (EfS) and climate change.  The resources provide support for teacher development and classroom learning.


Resources include: activities for students, teacher lesson plans and guides, professional development resources with background information and tips for teaching about climate change.


Check out the resources here.


Keywords: Teacher resources, climate change curriculum, student activities, professional development




Climate Science Research in the United States and U.S. Territories (National Council for Science and the Environment)

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) provides a report on climate science-related research occuring at public research institutions between 2014-2018.  Their study shows 10,004 studies on the impacts of climate change occuring at 80 public institutions from all 50 states.


The report helps to provide a snapshot of the scope and focus of climate science research and make locally-relevant climate scholarship accessible to decision-makers and educators.


Learn more about and access the full report here.


Keywords: Climate science research, decision-making



Drawdown Learn (Project Drawdown)

Project Drawdown is a research organization that reviews, analyzes, and identifies global climate solutions and shares these findings with the world.  This includes Drawdown Learn, an initiative to encourage education and learning about climate solutions.


This website provides information about the various efforts to support Drawdown Learn and climate solution education.  These include a teachers network, online classes, action guides, conferences, and curriculum.


Check out Drawdown Learn and its related projects here.


Keywords: Climate solutions, resources, professional network



CAMEL Climate Change Education (Climate Adaptation Mitigation E-Learning)


CAMEL is a free, comprehensive, interdisciplinary, multi-media resource for educators. The website provides resources on topic areas such as causes, consequences, solutions, and actions.


Educators are able to use the resources and topics to create courses, textbooks, administer exams and surveys, invite others and collaborate around teaching materials, strategies, and assessment. CAMEL emerged from a project by the National Council for Science and the Environment through funding from the National Science Foundation.


Check out CAMEL and its wealth of resources here.


Keywords: Media resource, climate change education, e-learning


Climate Change: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions (UC-Davis)

Arnold J. Bloom of University of California-Davis offers a free online college course on climate change. The course focuses on (1) the factors responsible for climate change; (2) the biological and sociological consequences of such changes; and (3) the possible engineering, economic, and legal solutions to avoid more extreme perturbations.


The course also includes a free multi-media textbook, introductory videos, course tools, lectures, and more.


Check out the course here.



Keywords: Online learning, adaptation and mitigation, higher education



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