Educating our students about climate change can literally change the future. According to a 2020 article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, educating young people about climate change could result in them making choices to decrease greenhouse gases, reduce pollution, and increase Green programs.
While science class is a natural place to address the realities of climate change, social science and literature classes provide the opportunity for students to investigate the historical, social, and ethical implications of a world where temperatures and waters are rising. Integrating fiction, poetry, and nonfiction with climate change themes can help students develop empathy, hope, and optimism. While data and science are essential to the climate change fight, these less tangible themes are vital to making real change. The titles in this collection serve as a gateway for teachers and students to begin grappling with these ideas.
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