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Three Recommendations for Schools During COP26

Following the recent 26th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow and the increasing awareness — as a result of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) — of the escalating and destructive impacts of global climate change, 27 organizations have come together … READ MORE

Q&A with Oglala Lakota Activist and Educator Mark Tilsen

On October 11, we celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day and honored the history and Indigenous cultures in our community and beyond. The California Environmental Literacy Initiative is striving to achieve a culture of gratitude and recognition throughout the year. In this week’s article, we interviewed Mark Tilsen Jr., an Oglala Lakota poet and educator from the … READ MORE

The IPCC Report Offers Educational Leaders the Opportunity to Lead Our Most Important Teachable Moment

As students return to school this fall, educators are tasked with balancing young people’s education with a staggering set of urgent situations that call us to act. An important starting point is for education leaders to understand the significance of the most recent findings of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report. In this article, Andra Yeghoian, environmental literacy coordinator at the San Mateo County Office of Education, outlines the significance of the IPCC report and offers a blueprint for educators to use this crucial moment in history to foster climate-conscious youth.

How Equity in Education Can Foster Youth-Led Climate Advocacy

For a generation of youth who refuse to continue a legacy of environmental destruction, the promise of a sustainable future is in question if we stay on our current path. Youth are litigating the loss of biodiversity, the acceleration of species extinction, and a planet on fire as they inherit a suffering planet that threatens their future. Driven by fear validated by scientific data, youth are calling for action to be taken across generational divides. In this month’s Youth Climate Leaders interview, we spoke with two of the students leading the climate emergency declaration effort in San Mateo County –– Katinka Lennemann and Lilian Chang –– about the role of education in the push for climate justice.

Youth Climate Leaders: It’s Time for Everyone — Especially those in Power — to Step Up and Make the Environment a Priority

In a world facing ongoing climate crises, youth bring a belief in science and the will to survive to counter powerful decision-makers driven by self-interest. Two student leaders, Atiya Angleen and Maram Ahmed, helped drive significant change at their schools despite facing challenges. In this Q&A, they share how this advocacy can serve as inspiration for a cultural sea change in the effort to mitigate the climate crisis.

Youth-Centered Education & Outdoor Science in the Eastern Sierra

In this month’s interview, we speak with Maggie Riley, Outdoor Education and Science Specialist for Inyo County Office of Education. Along with her co-worker Mini Doonan, Maggie coordinates outdoor education programs for grades K-8 for Inyo County Schools in collaboration with community partners such as the Bishop Paiute Tribe and various nonprofits and government agencies.

Growing Up Wild: Fostering Youth Development through Education and Environmental Stewardship

Youth reminds us of the curiosity and awe we all once held of the world around us. That same curiosity lays the foundation of science-based inquiry. Even when constrained, youth creates dreams, possibilities, and innovation. In this month’s interview, Ismael Cruz, founder of Growing Up Wild, talks about his journey in connecting youth to nature, fostering environmental stewardship, and creating an equitable approach to outdoor education.

Closing the Gap: Environmental Education Means Amplifying the Power of Communities to Make Systemic Change

In this month’s interview, Marcos Trinidad, Director at the Audubon Center at Debs Park, explores the ways in which community engagement isn’t just important to effective environmental educators — rather, environmental educators must critically focus on integrating environmental education into community organizing and activism if we hope for it to be truly impactful in the day-to-day lives of students and communities.