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Teaching Climate Science

What is Climate Literacy?

According to the Climate Literacy Framework from the US Global Change Research Council, Climate Science Literacy is an understanding of your influence on climate and climate's influence on you and society.

Climate Literacy  Broschure

Download the color booklet, Climate Literacy Framework by the US Global Change Research Program

The Guide to Teaching Climate Science

The following climate literacy principles are found in the Climate Literacy Framework, and provide scaffolding for teaching climate science. Each principle listed below links to a more detailed description of the topic, as well as a discussion of what makes the topic important, why it can be challenging to teach, suggestions for grade-level specific teaching strategies, and links to relevant teaching materials.

1. The Sun is the primary source of energy for Earth's climate system.

2. Climate is regulated by complex interactions among components of the Earth system.

3. Life on Earth depends on, is shaped by, and affects climate.

4. Climate varies over space and time through both natural and man-made processes.

5. Our understanding of the climate system is improved through observations, theoretical studies, and modeling.

6. Human activities are impacting the climate system.

7. Climate change will have consequences for the Earth system and human lives.

The Guiding Principle for Informed Climate Decisions

GP Humans can take actions to reduce climate change and its impacts.

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