by Elizabeth Kolbert. This article appeared in The New Yorker, 16 August 2021 (p. 40-47).
Spotlight Resources For Teachers
Understanding Climate Change by Laura Tucker; Lois SherwoodInformation for teaching this unit -- What have you heard about climate change? -- Sources of CO₂ in the atmosphere -- The greenhouse effect -- Fact or phony? Scientifically evaluating data -- Conducting research on current climate change topics -- Climate Change Conference -- Climate change challenges -- Climate change solutions -- Connecting to your community.
Turn the Tide on Climate Anxiety by Megan Kennedy-Woodard; Patrick Kennedy-Williams; Arizona Muse - Founder and Trustee of Dirt Foundation for the Regeneration of Earth (Foreword by)It's hard to watch the news, scroll through social media, or listen to the radio without hearing or seeing something disturbing about the climate emergency. This can trigger all sorts of emotions: worry, anger, sadness, guilt, and even grief but also often over-looked positive emotions like motivation, connection, care, and abundance that support mental health and climate action for sustainable longevity. Written by psychologists with extensive experience in treating people with eco-anxiety, this book shows you how to harness these emotions, validate them, and transform them into positive action. It enables you to assess and understand your psychological responses to the climate crisis and move away from unhealthy defence mechanisms, such as denial and avoidance. Ultimately, it shows that the solution to both climate anxiety and the climate crisis is the same - action that is sustainable for you and for the planet - and empowers you to take steps towards this.
Publication Date: 2022-01-21
Miseducation by Katie WorthWhy are so many American children learning so much misinformation about climate change? Investigative reporter Katie Worth reviewed scores of textbooks, built a 50-state database, and traveled to a dozen communities to talk to children and teachers about what is being taught, and found a red-blue divide in climate education. More than one-third of young adults believe that climate change is not man-made, and science instructors are being contradicted by history teachers who tell children not to worry about it. Who has tried to influence what children learn, and how successful have they been? Worth connects the dots on oil corporations, state legislatures, school boards, libertarian thinktanks, conservative lobbyists, and textbook publishers, all of whom have learned from the fight over evolution and tobacco, and are now sowing uncertainty, confusion, and distrust about climate science, with the result that four in five Americans today don't think there is a scientific consensus on global warming. In the words of a top climate educator, "We are the only country in the world that has had a multi-decade, multi-billion dollar deny-delay-confuse campaign." Miseducation is the alarming story of how climate denialism was implanted in millions of school children.