Climate Education and Outreach

 

We believe that ALL education groups have a role to increase the climate literacy of Albertans - and we'll support you as you consider how to incorporate climate literacy into your education and outreach programs.  The following resources are available to help you with your work!

Resources to help you increase climate literacy

What is Excellent Climate Change Education? We are proud to launch our new guidebook, which seeks to help answer this question. We’ve pulled from several lines of evidence:

  • Over 140 peer-reviewed, refereed academic articles.
  • Non-academic publications from governments, NGO’s, etc.  
  • Practitioner best practices.

Incorporating Climate Change in the Alberta Curriculum (check out the findings, conclusions and recommendations) - research conducted by Catherine Medynski (May, 2018) as part of her Masters in Arts at Royal Roads University. Her research explored the perceived factors required for the successful integration of climate change into the Alberta curriculum. 

Understanding climate change terminology and data. Climate Resilient Consultants have created a few short modules presented here as videos to help you understand the concepts of RCPs, mean, variability and models.

How will climate change affect your community?  Making climate change impacts locally relevant is key to engaging communities on this topic. On this page you can access some examples of local provincial data to inform your work.

Talking Climate Change - In fall of 2017, ACEE co-hosted an event with George Marshall of Climate Outreach.  He delivered the workshop: "Talking Climate: How to engage your audiences in conversations about climate change". In 2018, ACEE engaged with the Alberta Public Narratives Project.

Climate Change Polling - Yale Program on Climate Change Communications has polled Canadians about climate change. The maps they have generated should have an impact on your communication and outreach activities in different parts of the province.

ACEE's Resource Hub - lists the many environmental, energy and climate change resources for K-12 Alberta educators. If resources are missing, please contact Diana Kurila - diana[at]abcee.org

K-12 Resources - We have compiled a list climate change and energy resources for teachers.

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.

Skeptical Science - Skeptical science is a  non-profit science education organization with the goal of explaining what peer reviewed science has to say about global warming to those who might have opposing views about climate change.

Climate Kids- Environment and Climate Change Canada has an launched an interactive website climate kids which focuses on empowering children and teens aged 8 to 15 years to take action on climate change.

Workshop - How to increase climate literacy through your education and outreach programs


ACEE held full day sessions across Alberta to explore best practices for climate education and outreach, and to help agencies consider how to incorporate these practices into their programs. What was achieved in the workshops...

  • Learning more about excellent climate change education and outreach, and sharing ideas
  • Understanding climate change effects (present, and future) by regions
  • Having their top-of-mind questions answered by colleagues, in open space sessions
  • Developing plans to increase climate literacy through education and outreach programs
  • Strengthening their local learning community and network 

Workshop and webinar sessions and resources

Calgary - Friday December 8 - RESOURCES

Edmonton - Monday January 8 - RESOURCES

Red Deer - Friday February 9 - This workshop was delivered as a 2 hour webinar due to weather and road challenges. RESOURCES

Webinar PPT

Webinar recording- click on the image below to watch the webinar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needs Assessments


We conducted two needs assessments: one of teachers and a second of environmental education and outreach agencies. Below is a summary of the surveys.

Teacher Survey

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

Agency Survey

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

 

Thank you to the following for supporting this work