Here at NCSE, we talk a lot about the people who reject climate change science, how they are threatening science education, and what we can do to ensure teachers have the support they need to teach the science. What we don’t always discuss is why people reject climate change.

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The first time I heard of NCSE was in a mass email from one of my professors. This particular professor sent tons of these emails over the semester with potential job opportunities for us experience-hungry students. Most of the time when I researched the positions being offered, I would find requirements like “recent graduate” or “entry-level position, two years of experience required”. It was incredibly frustrating to continually get excited about snazzy research positions or internships only to realize halfway through the application that I did not meet the basic requirements.

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My favorite place to be is outdoors, and I mean that in a purposefully vague way. Whether I’m by the beach, hiking, or canoeing through alligator-laden swamps, I’m by far the happiest and most in my element. Heck, the reason I got into the field of climate education was because of how much I love the outdoors. Naturally, one of my favorite days every year is Earth Day—the one day when the rest of the world hops the nature nerd train and comes together to make the world a better, more sustainable place.

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We asked applicants for the NCSE Grand Canyon Teacher Scholarship to explain, in 500 words, how they’ve addressed challenges to the teaching of evolution, climate change, and related issues. Here is part of scholarship winner Crystal Davis’s description of an exercise she uses to help her inner-city high school students connect to the science of climate change, and the ways it affects people all over the world.

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We asked applicants for the NCSE Grand Canyon Teacher Scholarship to explain, in 500 words, what lessons or knowledge they expected to gain from rafting the Grand Canyon, to enrich their students’, colleagues’, and neighbors’ understanding of evolution, deep time, climate change, and the natural world. Here is part of scholarship winner Crystal Davis’s explanation of how her time with NCSE in the Grand Canyon will benefit students in her Los Angeles-area high school.

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