Climate Action Now (CAN) – learn how to infuse climate education into your teaching/classroom…  

Climate Action Now​ ​is a five-year climate education program offering training to 2,000 teachers and impacting 200,000 middle and high school students in coastal communities in twelve states from Maine to Florida. Our state-of-the-art climate education resources are offered in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Climate Literacy and Awareness Network (CLEAN), the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and others. The science-based climate resources we share with you during a training program are aligned with the Next Gen Science Standards​ ​and provide helpful information on:  1) what climate change is;  2) why it’s happening;  3) how it impacts the oceans, coastal communities, and our lives; and  4) what students, teachers, and community members can do to take action to reduce carbon pollution. For those interested, climate workshops include an innovative Climate Olympians for Ocean Leadership​ ​(COOL School)​ ​initiative that empowers youth climate action in schools and local communities (click this link for more details on our COOL School program). Our CAN program addresses the challenges of climate change while focusing on solutions (i.e. what people can do 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.


 Our climate education workshops offer: 1. up-to-date, science-based curriculum materials and resources for middle and high school teachers and students and aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS); 2. an engaging process for teaching climate education and for integrating climate lessons into your existing curriculum (including interdisciplinary applications); 3. training in both the content and methodology of climate science; 4. active learning strategies that encourage 21st Century Skills (P21): critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity skills;  5. modelling of NAAEE’s Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence; and  6. a framework for facilitating climate action in your school and community.


 Our climate crisis represents the largest social, economic, and environmental problem we have ever faced. Today’s youth are the generation that will be called upon to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, yet only 7% of teens know how much carbon dioxide there is in the atmosphere today and 26% of teens don’t know that greenhouse gases in the atmosphere affect the average global temperature of the Earth (Yale Study: American Teens’ Knowledge of Climate Change). And, it is not surprising, given on average that climate change is only taught one hour per year in U.S. middle and high schools. 


 We offer our climate education training programs for teachers, school staff and administrators, parents, school board members, community members, and others interested in learning about the science of climate change, how to incorporate climate education into your curriculum or classroom, and what we can do to reduce climate pollution.


 Our climate education workshops are offered as professional development opportunities during weekdays, on Saturdays, on afternoons and evenings during the school-year, during school-year vacation periods, and during the summer. Please contact us to schedule a climate workshop at a time that works best for your school, community, or group.


 Our workshops are offered on-site at your school or facility. This enables us to offer the workshop to more of your community members. As we are sailing down the East Coast on a boat equipped with sustainable systems, we will also reduce carbon pollution from travel by us coming to you!


 Costs for workshops held at your facility: 4 hour program – $799 + travel expenses (same price for 1 to 20 participants);  Full day program – $1,500 + travel expenses (1 to 20 participants); 2 day program – $2,700 + travel expenses (1 – 20 participants).  CEU credits are available upon request.

How to participate?  

 Give us a call or drop us an e-mail at the contact information below. We can then have a conversation about what your interests and goals are; what workshop length would best work for you; who you would like to attend; when you would like to have the training; where you would like to host the training, and how and where you would like climate education infused into your school, classroom, or community setting. Note: We recommend the one and two day workshop formats as they more comprehensively cover climate education curriculum concepts and resources and better prepare educators to infuse climate education into their teaching and learning environments.

 To schedule a climate workshop or to request additional information, contact Dave Oakes by telephone: 207-230-4025; by e-mail: or

Who we are:  

 The Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL) is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit with over eighteen years of experience offering climate education courses, workshops, and presentations for schools, colleges, and civic organizations in the United States and internationally. 

To foster student climate action, we utilize NOAA’s’s 7 step Climate Action Learning Process:

Climate Action Learning Process


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. Assisting teachers in infusing an engaging science-based, interdisciplinary climate and oceans curriculum impacting 200​,000 public school students in twelve     states.
  3. Identifying pre- and post-assessment strategies for measuring the effectiveness of the curriculum.
  4. Implementing (an optional) 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). Also, check out this video: Climate Education Empowers Students to Action and  Climate Heroes: Stories of Change.
  5. Growing this seed project through disseminating the climate curriculum and COOL School​ ​project regionally and nationally.                                                                                                

Climate Action Now (CAN)

 The focus of CAN is on empowering students with scientific knowledge of climate change so that they can become literate citizens who are capable of making intelligent, informed decisions. Additionally, our workshops empower participants 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.  We are finding that many students are eager to learn what they can do to help solve our climate crisis. If you would like to partner with CELL and be part of the solution to our climate crisis, give us a call at (207) 230-4025 or drop us an e-mail at:  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.


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

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