Advancing Climate Change Environmental Education: Resources and Suggestions

All resources and files were produced by the Climate Change Environmental Education Professional Online Learning Community Alliance (POLCA). Note: To download all files at once, please use the link at the bottom of the page.


About Us: An Introduction to the POLCA and Climate Change Environmental Education

Educators’ Needs:  The rationale for our work and our Climate Change Education Needs Assessment Survey

The Research:  A summary of the literature from research on how people learn, environmental psychology, and climate change and suggested teaching/learning strategies for applying these research findings and theories.

Standards & Teaching Suggestions: Analyses of Common Core, Science, and Social Studies Standards show where climate change fits in the curriculum and the kinds of discipline-focused practices that learners can use while investigating climate change. For specific standards, we’ve suggested lessons and units (cohesive sequences of learning opportunities appropriate for specific grade bands) that enable students to pursue performance expectations and content in the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core, and standards for civics and government, social studies, and geography.

Suggestions for Learner-Focused Inquiries: Here we list “Essential Questions” for each grade band, suggest a template for use with groups of learners (from K to Gray), and give some examples of inquiries pursued by learners of different ages.


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Suggested citation:
Downey, L., Gentile, S. J., Hollweg, K.S., Hubbard-Sánchez, J., Johnson, C., Kumler, L., LaRocque, L., Poppleton, K., Shiflett-Fitton, D., Shuttleworth, J. (Eds.). (2013). Advancing Climate Change Environmental Education: Resources and SuggestionsIthaca, NY: EECapacity, Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab, and North American Association for Environmental Education. Retrieved from:

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