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Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for the Educator in You

2009 June 26
 image of people working near a shoreline Students participate in the Baldwin County Grasses in Classes program to help grow native plants for wetland and dune restoration projects.

Do you want to educate, inspire, and engage students, scouts, park, zoo or museum visitors, or even your neighbors and family members to do something about climate change and how it may affect wildlife and their precious habitats? We (Karen, a former teacher and Mike, who monitors local water quality as a volunteer for the Audubon Naturalist Society) are impassioned about the climate change issue, especially as it may affect wildlife and wild places, and how important it is to get everyone involved in solving the problems associated with it. So two years ago we gathered together educators from 6 other federal agencies to develop the new Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators to help the educator in each of us spread the word on what is at stake and what we can do about it.

It was not an easy task to find and organize staff members from agencies as diverse as National Park Service, NASA, NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management, but we were determined to create an educational product that demonstrated a strong, unified voice on climate change and that was built on the efforts of scientists and educators from government agencies that work on issues involving climate change, wildlife and wild places. After two years of meetings, phone calls, emails, data dumps, arguments, hugs, long drives to video shoots, and lunches for grousing and/or celebrating, we are extremely proud and excited about the end result of this truly unique collaboration.

Please go to the inter-agency U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) site where the toolkit is being hosted and see for yourself! Let us know what you think!

About the Authors: Karen Scott is an Environmental Education Specialist for the EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection and Environmental Education after spending more than 10 years with EPA’s Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division. Michael Kolian is a physical scientist with EPA’s Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division.

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5 Responses leave one →
  1. Matt H permalink
    June 26, 2009

    I’m all for living a clean life and promoting it, native planting, and conserving what we have. I’m a beekeeper myself and have started to try and incorporate native flora on my property. I’m not a scientist. I am an engineer. Energy efficiency and renewable energy systems are of great interest to me.
    But I’m also a global warming skeptic. I don’t see consensus science as being real science. I’m afraid that the constant drumbeat of “global warming” is going to result in environmentalists looking foolish if we are entering a natural period of global cooling. And that would be a bad thing, in my opinion. I hope the snowball effect of political and media involvement related to the global warming bandwagon doesn’t end up backfiring on the average person’s view of environmentalism.

  2. Johnny R. permalink
    June 27, 2009

    I agree to the extent that it may have been a mistake to emphasize global warming when it really looks more like weather chaos, both warming and cooling sporadically, which would logically be the result of interupting the natural weather patterns.

  3. Brenda-EPA permalink
    June 30, 2009

    Great job!

  4. san diego screen printer permalink
    January 9, 2010

    I was wondering of the possibility, as a business owner that does promotional products, the feasibility of doing an ad campaign highlighting environmental issues and donating the proceeds to organizations such as the Audubon society, etc.

  5. Sam permalink
    February 11, 2010

    Early in Earth’s history the sun emitted only 70% as much power as it does today. With the same atmospheric composition as exists today, liquid water should not have existed on Earth.

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