Climate change is a complex and overwhelming issue. More education on climate change will help community members better understand what is happening, why it is happening, and what concrete steps are needed to mitigate climate change. Education also shows what can be done to slow climate change and how they as groups and individuals can contribute to make the biggest impacts for mitigating and adapting to it. Especially valuable is learning what impacts to expect at the local level and local actions to help.
What We Can Do
Hold forums, workshops, presentations, panel discussions, or any form of getting together and discussing. Resources for education events on the American Geophysical Union website, include webinars, handouts, talks, tips for communication, and more. Hold forums, workshops, presentations, panel discussions, or any form of getting together and discussing.
Another excellent source of educational materials is the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) . The CLEAN Collection of Climate and Energy Educational Resources is a collection of over 700 free, ready to use learning resources on climate change rigorously reviewed by educators and scientists suitable for secondary through higher education classrooms.
A way to improve reach is to coordinate with local partners in these efforts, such as the environmental groups (e.g. Climate Reality Project, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists), universities and labs (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Scripps Institute), local garden clubs, youth organizations, colleges, housing development projects, municipal water representatives, foundations, and more.
Who’s Working on It
Several local Leagues are working to educate themselves and their communities about climate change issues. Leagues particularly active in education are Berkeley-Albany-Emeryville, Marin County, Palo Alto, North County San Diego, Pasadena, Ventura County, Torrance Area, North and Central San Mateo County, and Mendocino County.
- Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)
- Tips on Communicating Climate Science
- Climate Science Resources for Middle School