Climate Champions to Host Virtual Summit May 22

By Nan Renner

Teachers want to teach about climate change. Students want to learn about climate change. To help meet this need, UC San Diego’s Climate Champions will host a free virtual summit on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Together, we can get more teaching, learning, and action on climate in regional schools. 

The Climate Champions Virtual Summit offers an opportunity for educators to connect with fellow community members and access ready-to-use climate education resources. The summit will center diverse voices and youth perspectives. Sessions will include adult-level learning on local place-based climate action, climate justice, climate communication strategies, supports for linguistic diversity, and Indigenous approaches to climate change. Teacher leaders will share middle and high school curriculum aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, highlighting connections with Mathematics and English Language Arts. Youth leaders will share climate justice resources curated and coded to History and Social Science standards.

In between the learning sessions, before and after the summit, we’ll have Zoom breakout rooms with music, community organizations, field trip inspirations, soul-nourishing experiences, and networking opportunities. We’ll end the summit with raffle prizes and a dance party!

This free event is open to all who share an interest in and commitment to climate education, including high school and college students, teachers and administrators, and community educators. Participants can register here.

The climate crisis presents a tremendous opportunity to rethink and remake aspects of public education, focused on student empowerment, creativity, collaboration, and collective action for the health and well-being of people and the living world. Climate Champions is part of the growing climate education movement. You can be too! Join our virtual summit and share this invitation with the educators and climate champions in your life.

Questions? Contact Nan Renner, nrenner@ucsd.edu.