Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis
by Tim Flannery
NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview of Tim Flannery's Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis (Grove Press, 2016). The preview consists of chapter 4, "How Are the Animals Doing?", and the Afterword. Tim Flannery is a scientist, explorer, conservationist, and author. From 2001 to 2013 he was Australia's climate commissioner.+ read
Many leading scientific and educational groups have expressed support for teaching climate change in college, high school, grade school and informal settings. Here are some of their statements:
National Research Council of the National Academies of Science of the US, Climate Change Education
What can you do to support climate change education in your local community?
- Tell your child’s science teacher that you support climate change education, in the science classes and throughout the curriculum.
- Emphasize that you reject the idea of teaching the controversy over climate change as scientifically inaccurate and pedagogically irresponsible.
- Support the inclusion in climate change education of a discussion of solutions, which helps to allay the possible emotional impact of the topic.
- Ask your child about activities and
Even with the decreasing importance of print media, letters to the editor of your local newspaper are a good way to help to defend climate change education. Following are a few time-tested principles for writing effective letters to the editor.+ read
A controversy over climate change education may involve a public hearing before policymakers — a meeting of a local school board or of a legislative committee, for example. Following are a few time-tested principles for effectively testifying before policymakers.
- Show up, stand up, and speak up. Elected officials respond to numbers, so try to get as many people as possible to attend the meeting. Scatter yourself throughout the audience and (if appropriate) applaud those on your side.
- Plan ahead. There is usually little time available
There are many polls on public understanding and acceptance of climate change, and a few on students and educators as well. For an indepth analysis of teacher understanding and acceptance of climate change, see NCSE's 2016 report on climate change education. For other information, see the links below.
Polling Organizations+ read
Mixed Messages: How Climate Change is Taught in America's Public Schools (pdf), a detailed report of the first nationwide survey of climate change education in the United States, conceived and funded by NCSE and conducted in collaboration with researchers at Pennsylvania+ read
In November 2009, the climate research community was hit by a hurricane: a cache of thousands of personal e-mails was released, with passages wrenched out of context to make climate science seem petty, insular, and unscientific. At Penn State, where I was in my second year as a Ph.D. student, “Climategate” got ugly fast, because Penn State’s own Michael E. Mann was at the heart of the manufactured controversy.
Since then, Mann has continued to be the “bullseye” of attacks launched by the fossil fuel industry and other “merchants of doubt.“ In the summer of 2015, I sat down with+ read
In this issue, we have an interview with climate scientist, Michael Mann, updates on the latest flare-ups of anti-science education activity across the country (and abroad), news on our teacher network and science booster club, and more!+ read
WHEREAS [name of district / board] considers that it already endeavors, as Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-1030 requires, “to create an environment within public elementary and secondary schools that+ read
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