Resources

Climate Change

Teaching Climate” page at the NOAA Climate.gov website, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: https://www.climate.gov/teaching/essential-principles-climate-literacy/climate-youth-engagement

Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet. This NASA-sponsored site provides extensive background, information, news, videos, photos, and projects dealing with climate change. Its “Resources” page links to a wide variety of educational materials directed at youth and adults and includes a “Climate Kids” page. At https://climate.nasa.gov

Climate Change” page at the American Museum of Natural History website. Provides a useful explanation of what causes climate change and how humans contribute to it: https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/climate-change

Clean Energy

National Renewable Energy Laboratory. A good source for educational activities that teach youth about solar, wind, and water power: https://www.nrel.gov/workingwithus/education-students.html

National Energy Education Development Project. NEED has a “Kids Teaching Kids” philosophy as a fundamental principle of its programming. It encourages students to explore, experiment, and engage, and encourages teachers to embrace student leadership in the classroom. At http://www.need.org/student

Wind Energy” page at the 4-H.org website. This is a very useful hands-on curriculum for children in grades 6–8. Available at https://4-h.org/parents/curriculum/wind-energy

Alliant Energy Kids. The Energy Zone kits provided here teach students how energy works, where it comes from, how to conserve it, and how to stay safe around it. The lessons also help kids make meaningful connections between activities they do every day, the energy they use, and how it affects their world. http://www.alliantenergykids.com/EnergyandTheEnvironment/RenewableEnergy

Climate Advocacy

iMatterYouth. iMatter provides youth leadership training and empowerment to address the climate crisis at the grassroots level. A primary focus in the coming years will be its iMatterNow campaign. At http://www.imatteryouth.org

Young Voices for the Planet. This site presents short films that seek “to limit the magnitude of climate change and its impacts by empowering children and youth, through uplifting and inspiring success stories, to take an essential role in informing their communities — and society at large, challenging decision-makers, and catalyzing change.” The site documents “youth speaking out, creating solutions and leading change.” http://www.youngvoicesonclimatechange.com/about-young-voices

Our Children’s Trust. This organization’s mission is to elevate children’s voices to secure the legal right to a stable climate and healthy atmosphere. It has partnered with other organizations to produce short films that feature young people leading this effort. At https://www.ourchildrenstrust.org

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