Climate Change

September 4, 2017

After an initial gathering, students read about and discuss the human and natural context for Harvey’s devastation. An extension activity has students research local climate change threats and consider how to address them.  

August 3, 2017

When President Trump announced that the U.S. would be pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, governors and mayors across the country announced that they were still on board and would continue their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and . In this activity, students read about and...

January 16, 2017

Donald Trump has said that climate change is a "hoax." His appointee for Secretary of State is a former Exxon Mobil executive who now says he believes climate change is a serious threat. In two readings and in discussion, students explore what the Trump administration might mean for climate change...

April 3, 2016

What is fracking and what is its impact? Students explore the issue and the political landscape around it, including efforts by activists to ban the practice.  

January 9, 2016

In the closing days of 2015, some of the highest flood waters ever recorded hit the Mississippi River valley. This activity encourages students to empathize with flood victims, and to consider how we as individuals and as a community can best respond to floods and other climate change-related...

December 13, 2015

Students learn about the historic global climate agreement reached in Paris on December 12, 2015, and consider different reactions to it.  

December 5, 2015

Through readings, video and discussion, students learn about the Paris climate conference, underlying issues, and popular efforts to address climate change.  

November 28, 2015

Students learn about and discuss what is at stake at the Paris Climate Summit and consider the growing international movement for action on climate change.   

October 22, 2015

Students learn about the growing movement by climate change activists to get universities and other institutions to divest from fossil fuels and explore the connection between this movement and the successful divestment campaign against apartheid South Africa.   

September 7, 2015

In this brief activity, students consider how the storm, and the rebuilding of New Orleans, affected people differently, depending on their income and race.