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What is Excellent Climate Change Education? is meant as a starting point, to spark your thinking on how best you can incorporate climate change into your education and outreach programs. Based on the current peer-reviewed research and other findings described in the document, six  guidelines for excellent Climate Change education are suggested. 

Climate Science Belongs in the Classroom factsheet by the Climate Reality Project is a free resource containing facts and information for teaching about climate change.

Education for a Sustainable Future: A Resource for Curriculum Developers, Teachers, and Administrators is intended to assist Manitoba curriculum developers and educators to integrate sustainability concepts into new and existing curricula. It is interdisciplinary in approach, and provides direction, that is relevant to Alberta educators, for the integration of sustainability knowledge, skills, values, and life practices within the curriculum, the classroom, and the community. 

Environmental Learning and Experience: An Interdisciplinary Guide for Teachers provides assistance to British Columbia teachers of all subjects and grades to integrate environmental concepts into teaching and learning. The Teaching and Learning Principles as well as the Principles for Conceptualizing ‘Environment’ can be applied in Alberta classrooms.

Responding to Climate Change Education: A Primer for K-12 Education by The Sustainability and Education Policy Network. The purpose of the primer is to offer research-based understandings of how Ministries of Education, School Divisions, and Schools can help inform and empower climate action

The Essential Principles of Climate Literacy presents information that is deemed important for individuals and communities to know and understand about Earth’s climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches to adaptation or mitigation. Principles in the guide can serve as discussion starters or launching points for scientific inquiry. The guide aims to promote greater climate science literacy by providing this educational framework of principles and concepts.

The Alberta Narratives Project Report I and Report II are intended to provide practical guidance for climate and energy communicators about what language works well and – crucially – what language might pose an obstacle for communicating with any specific group.

Report I, Communicating Climate Change and Energy in Alberta is concerned with finding the language that works best across Albertan society by helping to find common ground across very different positions. This generates a core narrative that can be applied for general public engagement. Report II, Communicating Climate Change and Energy with Different Audiences in Alberta offers tailored language that can be the basis of effective communications with each of the following groups: oil sands workers, conservatives, environmentalists, rural Albertans, business leaders, youth, new Canadians and people of faith. A collection of communication tools, including summaries and narrative slides, are also available on the website.

Youth Narrative and Voice: Principles for Effective Climate, Energy and Environmental Education in Alberta was prepared by Alberta-based staff of the non-governmental organization Climate Outreach, on contract to the Alberta Council for Environmental Education, using focus groups to capture youth’s thoughts and feelings. The 33 page report summarizes key findings from workshops with urban and rural Alberta students and teachers, and suggests successful narratives that educators can use to reassure and motivate younger or older students.

Recommendations for engaging young people with climate change campaigns presents recommendations for young climate campaigners and groups who want to broaden the appeal of their campaigns and bring in new young audiences.

Young Voices: how do 18-25 year olds engage with climate change? is the first study to ask young people themselves how to engage their peers more effectively, and to propose and test new climate change narratives specifically designed to engage 18-25 year olds.