In four hours I’ll be speaking with nearly 100 educators about climate change at the annual Iroquois Reading Council Conference held at the SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury Branch Campus. I’m excited and thankful for the opportunity and hope the content resonates in each and every participant. The Climate Reality Project material is top-notch and, frankly, paints a disturbing picture of our changing climate and the implications for the biosphere. Mindful of the draconian message and urgent need for action, I’ve compiled a “Top Five” list of things people can do to offset climate change (See below). It’s not perfect, but it is something tangible people can take with them.
The part I’m most interested in will follow my presentation when five SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury education students present fiction and non-fiction texts that align with the climate reality theme. Showing teachers how to embed relevant issues into classroom instruction is extremely important and relevant in this era of common core standards. The students will be doing a poster session to illustrate the connections, and I’ll update you on their efforts in my next blog entry.