Climate Action Now

Leadership and Action

Climate Action Now​ ​is a four-year climate education program training 2,000 teachers and impacting 100,000 high school students in coastal communities in twelve states from Maine to Florida. Our science-based curriculum will be aligned with the Next Gen Science Standards​ ​and teach students: 1) what climate change is; 2) why it’s happening; 3) how it impacts the oceans, their coastal communities, and their lives; and 4) what they can do to take action to reduce carbon pollution. A key component of this project is an innovative Climate Olympians for Ocean Leadership​ ​(COOL School)​ ​initiative that will empower youth climate action in schools and local communities. Our CAN program addresses the challenges of climate change while focusing on solutions (i.e. what students can do in taking action to mitigate and adapt to the threats of climate change). This is a seed project that will be nurtured and grown through dissemination to state departments of education and schools across the United States. We plan to collaborate with other organizations on this program.

Big Problems, Bigger Solutions.

Climate Change represents the biggest and most defining issue or our time. The solutions, however, are right in front of us. If you are tired of hearing about the problems we face and want to take action and join a community of doers committed to finding sensible solutions to our climate crisis, come participate in the CAN program. You are not alone. There are over 3 million public school teachers, over 30  million elementary students and over 14 million high school  students in the U.S. (NCES 2019) – many of whom are passionate, creative, tired of feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of the issues we face, and ready to assume leadership roles to make a difference! Additionally, there are millions of parents and citizens who want to focus on solutions to our environmental problems and take action to implement them. Come join with others who are committed to educating people about the science of climate change and what is needed to solve this crisis.  As Helen Caldecott has said, “There is only so much sand in the hourglass; the time for action is now.”  Together, as educators, students, and empowered citizens, we can create a healthy, flourishing, and sustainable future.

The need: In response to the dire predictions of the October 2018 IPCC report, CELL initiated a research project of public schools to determine the need for climate change curriculum materials and teacher training. Our findings were startling. On average, climate change is covered for only an hour or two each year in U.S. high-school classrooms, according to a survey of 1,500 science teachers published in the journal Science. A third of science teachers include climate change denial in their lesson plans and half of surveyed teachers allow students to discuss the “controversy” of climate change without bringing in evidence to encourage a science-based understanding.

Dr. Donald Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, states: “The principal challenge we’re finding is that climate change really isn’t, in any formal way, in the curriculum that the schools have at the moment, and teachers haven’t been trained [in climate science].” Furthermore, a 2018 Yale Program on Climate Change Communication report found that Americans overwhelmingly support schools in providing climate education.

Our Oceans Our Lives: Climate Action Now project will respond proactively by:

  1. Implementing a seed project training 2,000 teachers from Maine to Florida in how to infuse climate education across the curriculum. 
  2. Developing an engaging science-based, interdisciplinary climate and oceans curriculum impacting 1​00​,000 public school students in twelve states.
  3. Identifying pre- and post-assessment strategies for measuring the effectiveness of the curriculum.
  4. Implementing a Climate Olympians for Ocean Leadership​ ​(COOL School) project that will empower youth climate action in partnering schools and communities (see Team Marine video​ for an example of youth action).
  5. Growing this seed project through disseminating the climate curriculum and COOL School​ ​project nationally.   

Climate Action Now (CAN) Focus

The focus of CAN is on empowering teachers and students with scientific knowledge of climate change and with the skills and motivation needed to take proactive action in their schools and in their local communities to reduce carbon pollution and commit to sensible renewable energy and other local sustainable practices. Students represent our future leaders and a bright hope for healthy, flourishing life on planet Earth.  If you would like to partner with CELL and be part of the solution to climate change pollution,  give us a call (207-230-4025) or drop us an e-mail at: info@cellonline.org. Together, we can empower the next generation in taking action today to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. We look forward to partnering with you!

When and Where

To view a Google Map of our CAN program route, Click this Google Map CAN Program Link.  CELL will embark on the Climate Action Now program September 2020 –  sailing from Maine to Florida conducting CAN programs along the way. We welcome the opportunity to meet with your school, college or community group. During January 2021, we will be in the Miami Florida area. The purpose of the CAN programs is to inspire students, teachers, parents, community members, and non profit and business leaders to take action to reduce carbon pollution at their schools and in their local communities. Let us know of your interest in learning how to include climate education in your classroom and with your students.  Come roll up your shirt sleeves, join a team of inspiring doers, and make a difference in the world! The CAN program will feature:

  1. An interdisciplinary climate education workshop showing you how to infuse climate education into your teaching and how to empower students with with scientific knowledge of climate change and with the skills and motivation needed to take proactive action in their schools and in their local communities to reduce carbon pollution.
  2. Inspiring stories of climate action and what others are doing.
  3. Additional (free) climate education resources that you can access during and after the training.
  4. Climate education networking opportunities with other educators.
  5. Steps for taking action on climate and ocean conservation and an invitation to join the COOL School initiative.
  6. An optional tour of Tusen Takk (CELL’s 37′ Island Packet cutter-rigged sailboat equipped with solar and wind power, composting systems, etc.

Logistics

To request a CAN workshop program, contact Dave at 207-230-4025 or email info@cellonline.org.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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