We understand the need for all environmental and energy educators to work together to increase Climate Literacy in Alberta. In 2017/18, ACEE will engage the environmental education and outreach community and climate change experts to increase the capacity of over 100 agencies that offer environmental education and outreach in Alberta. We'll offer tools, planning time, and a rich interchange of ideas through the following:
Workshop - How to increase climate literacy through your education and outreach programs
ACEE will hold full day sessions across Alberta that will explore best practices for climate education and outreach, and help you consider how to incorporate these practices into your programs. Participants will...
- Learn more about excellent climate change education and outreach, and share their ideas
- Understand climate change effects (present, and future) in your region
- Have their top-of-mind questions answered by colleagues, in open space sessions
- Consider how to increase climate literacy through your education and outreach programs - then roll up their sleeves, and take the first steps
- Strengthen their local learning community and network
This is a working session, and participants are strongly encouraged to attend with other members of their team. A registration fee of $15 dollars covers all workshop materials and a networking lunch.
Red Deer - Friday December 1, 9am - 3:30pm Kerry Wood Nature Centre REGISTER
Calgary - Friday December 8, 9am - 3:30pm Bow Habitat Station REGISTER
Edmonton - Monday January 8, 9am - 3:30pm Edmonton Tower REGISTER
Lethbridge - TBD
Grande Prairie TBD
Fort McMurray TBD
Resources to Support your Work
Below are resources we have found to support climate change education and outreach. This is a work in progress and if you have a great resource to share, please pass it along to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talking Climate Change - In fall of 2017, ACEE co-hosted an event with George Marshall, he delivered the workshop: "Talking Climate: How to engage your audiences in conversations about climate change". Check out the Climate Outreach website here.
- The CBC interviewed George and the article provides some examples of language that could work in Alberta's context - Read the article.
- Young Voices: young people and climate change engagement strategies - provides some key findings and recommendations
Climate Change Polling - Yale Program on Climate Change Communications has polled Canadians about climate change. See the maps they have generated, this should have an impact on your communication and outreach activities in different parts of the province.
K-12 Resources - We have compiled a list climate change and energy resources for teachers. Find the list here.
K-12 Solar Panel Resources - In 2016, 36 schools in Alberta received funding for solar panels. Find resources to help you use this as a teaching opportunity here.
We conducted two needs assessments: one of teachers and a second of environmental education and outreach agencies. Below is a summary of the surveys.
Over 200 Alberta teachers responded to the survey. Click here to read the full report, including the recommendations. A few highlights include:
The top three barriers teachers face delivering climate change education in the classroom are:
- Having to find their own resources
- Funding to engage students in authentic learning experiences
- Limited quality educational resources
What would help teachers the most as they include more climate change education:
- Opportunities for experiential learning beyond the classroom
- Curriculum and grade specific resources from external organizations
- Access to climate change experts
85 environmental educators and outreach professionals responded to this survey. Click here to review a more detailed summary. A few highlights include:
- 43% of respondents incorporate climate change into their programs
- 31% of respondents do not incorporate climate change into their programs
- 26% of respondents felt they incorporated climate change to some extent
Climate change was not incorporated into program because:
- We don't know how to do it in a hands-on, engaging way
- We don't have the time or funding to incorporate this topic in a meaningful way
- It doesn't apply to our programs
What do you need to effectively incorporate climate change into your programs?
- Tools and techniques for effectively engaging our audience on this topic
- Best practices for climate change education and outreach
- Connections with other 'educations' to learn best how to do this
Profiling and Promoting Climate Education and Outreach Programs
We will profile and promote new and existing programs with teachers and other community organizations. Details still to come.
If you have any questions, or would like to know more - contact Christina Pickles: christina[at]abcee.org