Books to cultivate hope, resilience, and action:
Pre-K – Elementary:
Cultivating Hope and Resilience
Hope is a teachable skill and an essential part of human development and is the foundation for resilience. When working with youth, focus on realistic hope by recognizing the negative impacts of the climate crisis while stressing the silver lining, such as the potential for the climate crisis to bring people together as they support one another after a natural disaster. Developing hope can support physical and mental wellness, increase social connection, combat anxiety and depression, and improve the overall quality of life (read more).
- The HopefulMinds Curriculum is a free download designed to teach hope to young people.
- This list of Solutionary and Environmental Book Examples from the San Mateo County Office of Education provides a long list of books that provide fictional and non-fictional stories of hope and action taken to combat climate change.
Provide free time in nature to develop agency
- These Trauma-Informed Connection Strategies developed by San Mateo County Office of Education are designed to connect students more with nature.
Use cognitive behavioral interventions to reframe negative thoughts to be more objective and realistic
- University of Florida's College of Education provides some resources for teachers to integrate cognitive behavioral interventions into the classroom.
Reframe "eco-anxiety" to "eco-empathy" or "eco-compassion"
- Reframing Eco-anxiety as Eco-Empathy is an interview with Caroline Hickman, a psychotherapist from the Climate Psychology Alliance.
Use sustainable well-being practices and positive education
Share examples of hope: people caring for the natural world, innovations, stories
Learn about and share examples of climate activists:
- Meet 15 Women Leading The Fight Against Climate Change in this TIME article about women activists from all over the planet.
- 9 Climate Activists of Color You Should Know provides examples and interviews with climate activists.
- Young Activists Working at the Intersection of Environmental and Racial Justice highlights a diverse group of climate activists.
- House on Fire podcast is a youth-led podcast brought to you by The CLEO Institute to discuss the climate crisis, activism, and hope.
- Ankur Shah (a CLEAN network member) is an environmental researcher and educator who has a YouTube channel that raises awareness around environmental sustainability and solutions.
- Ayana Elizabeth Johnson Projects is a a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native who created or co-created the Urban Ocean Lab, The All We Can Save Project, and How to Save a Planet.
Share innovative and interesting ways that address climate change:
- The Kiss the Ground film reveals that regenerating the Earth's soils can draw down atmospheric carbon.
- Feeding cows seaweed could decrease their methane emissions
- This article about 8 Clever Inventions That Could Help Fight Climate Change offers innovations from drones to genetic modification to blocking the sun.
- Solutions | Project Drawdown offers a long list of solutions that are being worked on to address climate change. Enacting Climate has developed Top Climate Solutions for Kids, an adaptation of Project Drawdown written for 5th-grade students.
- Green Revolution (a CLEAN resource) has is a series of 10 short videos, hosted by the National Science Foundation, each featuring scientists, research, and green technologies.
- This TED talk about a guerilla gardener in South LA talks about creating gardens in food deserts.
Share stories from the CLEAN collection of people taking action:
- Four Generations of Green highlights a family striving for sustainability in their operations by conserving energy and reducing greenhouse gases across many aspects of their dairy business.
- Climate Heroes: Stories of Change documentary weaves together nine inspiring stories from countries around the world, showing that action on climate change is creating jobs, improving lives and turning dreams of a better future into reality.
- The Second Solution: Riparian Restoration is a video about a community implemented a solution to keep stream water cool enough for healthy fish, which lead to removal of CO2 from the atmosphere.
- Anya: Citizen Science in Siberia- Young Voices on Climate Change is a video about an indigenous Siberian girl who witnesses the changes in her community and engages in citizen science to learn and teach her schoolmates about global warming. Young Voices on Climate Change offers many examples of youth taking action in their communities.