Climate Change & Environmental Justice
What You'll Learn

In this stack of micro-credentials you will gain awareness of the impacts of climate change, how climate change is an equity issue, what it means to adapt and mitigate climate change, how to engage the community in finding solutions for climate change and strategies to teach climate change to your students.

Who Should Apply
  • All Educators
6
micro-
credentials
15
Approximate hours each
Description
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing our planet today and is already having a significant impact on the environment and the lives of educators and students. As the impacts of climate change will continue to have more severe consequences in the future for generations to come – particularly on communities of color and under-resourced communities – educators play a critical role in preparing students to understand the impact of climate change and prepare them to think critically and creatively to work toward solving this evolving problem. This stack of micro-credentials will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to effectively understand how climate change impacts school communities and how to equip yourself, your colleagues, and your students with the tools to help move toward environmental justice for all.

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ProgramDescriptionAction
1. Climate Change 101

Educators willl earn about and share the causes, impacts, and solutions of climate change.

Types of Evidence Required

Educators will ground themselves in current develop ecological awareness for their students, or, if completing this micro-credential without students, the educator will research a policy or movement related to ecological justice, climate change, and protection of nature or natural resources.


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2. Climate Justice

Educators will understand and share the disproportionate impacts of climate change on our communities and solutions to advance equity.

Types of Evidence Required

Educators will expand awareness on climate justice by creating an action plan OR a lesson plan to promote environmental justice.


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3. Mitigating Climate Change

Educators will understand the key drivers of greenhouse gas emissions in the K-12 education system and take action to reduce the environmental impact on their school community.

Types of Evidence Required

Educators will connect the key drivers of greenhouse gas emissions to an action they can take in their classroom or building and create both a detailed action plan and a presentation that will serve as a call to action for their students and/or school community.


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4. Adapting to Climate Change

Educators will identify how climate change impacts their school and local community. They will also advocate for and take action to adapt and build resilience.

Types of Evidence Required

Understand what climate change is and its impact on education. Plan for adaptations within the school community that will help the community deal effectively with impacts due to climate change.


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5. Community Outreach for Climate Change

Educators will engage with the community around solutions to climate change.

Types of Evidence Required

Educators will create an action plan that works with stakeholders to carry out an initiative about climate change.


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6. Integrating Climate Change into Classrooms

Educators will engage students in learning about climate change and how to devise solutions. Educators will share their learning experiences with students’ families or community members.

Types of Evidence Required

Educators will connect climate change topics to the current curriculum and/or standards, create a lesson plan that will engage students in learning about climate change, share learnings with families or the community, and reflect on the process.
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