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–Mahatma Gandhi

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Join the Planet Stewards February Book Club Meeting


Join the February book club on Monday, February 7 at 8pm ET to discuss:

Our Changing Menu: Climate Change and the Foods We Love and Need

by Michael Hoffmann, Carrie Koplinka-Loehr,
and Danielle Eiseman

(The authors will be joining the event. Don't miss it!)  
All Are welcome! Discussion questions will be posted prior to the meeting on our Website.

To join the discussion Dial 866-662-7513 (toll free) then use the pass code 1170791#.
Learn more here and see our entire lineup for the rest of the 2021-2022 academic year.


Student Leadership and Climate Literacy

To be an active citizen in today’s world, children and adults need to be climate literate. This article describes a NOAA Planet Stewards project that provided opportunities for student leadership, student choice, and learning how to be a climate literate person. The school-wide program involved elementary and middle school level students. Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders established overall goals for reducing energy usage and waste consumption. Fourth and fifth grade students created an Eco Super Hero program for grades K-5 and a Turtle Camp specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. By the end of the program, participating students were able to explain climate science, understood its connections to human activity, and felt that they had the tools to continue to make a difference in mitigating future impacts. Find the article here.


Past Planet Steward Webinar Highlights:

The Soil Story


This presentation focuses on teaching students about a solution to global warming that is right under their feet and answering the question of our generation: How can we bring the carbon cycle back into balance?

During this broadcast you’ll learn about a free, online middle school unit where students explore the ability of soil to draw down carbon from the atmosphere and store it, allowing it to be used to support the growth of more nutritious food and build healthier ecosystems. The Soil Story Webinar and activity guide are presented by Kiss the Ground, a nonprofit committed to inspiring global participation in soil regeneration, and Life Lab, a nonprofit that cultivates children’s love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.

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NOAA's Role at the Intersection of Environmental Stewardship and Economic Development


As the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the NOAA Administrator, Dr. Richard Spinrad has identified his top  priorities for NOAA, including advancing economic development without sacrificing environmental stewardship, with a focus on advancing the New Blue Economy. This seminar examines this priority. From this discussion, participants will learn more about the direct relationships between economic development, environmental stewardship, and equity.

Watch the recording of this seminar to learn more.

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Sea Level Rise: Around the World and Here at Home.

11 January 2022 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm ET

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Sea level rise is an impact of climate change of special concern to coastal communities around the world. Dr. Ian Miller will talk through the current state of the science as it relates to observed and projected (i.e. future) sea level globally, and in our home waters.

Dr. Ian Miller led the development of Washington State’s most recent sea level rise assessment, and has partnered in the development of comprehensive climate change vulnerability assessments. Register here. 

Climate Change Education with NOAA B-WET

12 January 2022, 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET

Frank Niepold from NOAA's Climate Program Office will highlight ways to incorporate climate change education into NOAA B-WET projects and share NOAA resources focused on climate change. The Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE) educational framework can directly foster climate knowledge, skills, and competencies to address climate change and create opportunities to contribute to climate solutions in participants' own communities. Register here.


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NOAA Science Seminar Series:

Something for Everyone!

"Exploring NOAA Fisheries Unique Role in the Marine World"

11 January 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET  - Add to Google Calendar; Read More.


“NOAA's Uncrewed Aircraft Systems - The Force Multiplier”

13 January 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET; Read about itRegister Here


“After the spill”: Findings from a decade of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Science After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

13 January 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET; Read about it; Register Here.


“Science and So Much More: Putting Science into Practice through the Coastal Training Program”

 19 January 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET; Read more; Register Here.


Educator opportunities

Video: How to Transform Climate Anxiety into Climate Action

Ankur Shah is an environmental researcher and educator with a YouTube channel focused on environmental issues and solutions. He created a video focusing on how to transform climate anxiety into climate action. This video describes a practical framework for climate action at individual, community, city, state, and federal levels, and provides actionable resources to apply climate solutions. This video is ideal for showing students ways to get meaningfully involved in climate action. Ankur welcomes your feedback on the site regarding any of his films!

Online Learning Opportunity: Earth Institute LIVE K12


K-12 students, educators, and parents, can join the online learning series Earth Institute LIVE K12  featuring live lectures and interactive activities with scientists and experts from the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory.

See the full line-up of events through June 2022 and RSVP for teh following January sessions with Lamont Doherty scientists:

Jan 13, 4pm – Using Tools to Explore the Changes of the Polar Regions with Lamont Doherty Director of Educational Field Programs Margie Turrin and education and outreach coordinator Laurel Zaima (Grades 6-12) – RSVP

Jan 27, 4pm – Coral Chemistry and Paleohydrology with Lamont Doherty paleoclimatologist and paleoceanographer Brad Linsley (Grades 9-12 + undergraduates) –  RSVP

Teach Climate Network- Dismantling Systemic Racism and Injustice

January 19, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Climate Generation

The Teach Climate Network is focusing on antiracism and featuring the voices of frontline communities in their Teach Climate Workshop and #TeachClimateChat. Zakhia Grant from EcoRise will present on strategies and tools to support teachers, students, and community members in creating a foundation for understanding Environmental Justice history and concepts, and exploring how leadership, community action, and policy change can bring long-overdue justice. Register for the workshop; all workshop registrants will have access to the workshop recording. .

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Professional Development Webinars:

  • Great Backyard Bird Count on January 18, 2022 | 6:00 pm ET
  • Inquiry Across the Ages: A Panel Discussion, February 15, 2022 | 6:00 pm ET
  • Inspiring Curiosity with Wildlife Cams on March 15, 2022 | 6:00 pm ET

Every month the Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers free webinars for K-12 educators that provide background content, highlight new and relevant educational resources, and allow discussion for successful implementation. Each webinar is roughly 50 minutes long with 10 minutes allocated for questions. Access all archived webinars through K–12 Education Cornell Lab's YouTube channel. You can also receive letters of completion or Continuing Education Units. Register for the webinars here.

Webinar: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: "How's My Waterway?" Tool Demonstration

20 January, 2 p.m. ET


How’s My Waterway has added several new features that will be presented in this webcast. Communities use How’s My Waterway to learn about their watershed. When a watershed is shown to have pollution or other issues, it inspires people to get involved to protect and restore it. By displaying all the information visually, it gives this data more perspective and transparency which results in the drive for change and innovation.

Register now For more information: Webcast Flyer

Apply to Sail on the JOIDES Resolution!

Deadline: 21 January 2022


JOIDES Resolution Onboard Outreach Officers sail on the ship to share the science story with students, families, and the public. Applications will be accepted from classroom teachers, informal science educators, artists, videographers, writers, social media experts and anyone who can make a good case for themselves! Expeditions late in 2022 and 2023 are available. Check out more information and application links hereThe deadline for applications is January 21, 2022.

Earth's Systems Storyline Professional Development Workshops. Free graduate credit for participants!

Workshops Dates: Tuesday(s),  25 January AND 1 February, 6 pm - 8:00 pm ET


Middle and high school teachers, join MOSAiC  Expedition scientists and curriculum developers as they lead you through "Arctic Feedbacks: Not all warming is equal" a curriculum aligned to NGSS Earth Systems standards where students explore parts of the Earth's climate system via 360° VR tours, authentic datasets, and simulations to construct explanatory models for the units driving question, "Why might the Arctic be warming twice as fast as the rest of the world?", a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification. Participants will receive a certificate for 10 PD hours and a free graduate credit from the University of Colorado Boulder. Register for the workshop.  Check out other MOSAiC expedition educational resources


Methods for Student-Led Research

Thursday, 27 January 2022 | 4:00 pm ET 

Learn tips and tricks from other educators to manage student-led research. Do you have a good lesson plan or activity that helps your students to lead their own inquiry? Bring it to this session to share with your fellow educators. Register here

Teaching Climate Change Essentials Professional Development

Course start dates in 2022 are 14 February, 14 March, 2 May, and 6 June.

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The Presidio Graduate School has a facilitated online course for K-12 educators focused on climate change education. The nine-week teacher professional Development, Teaching Climate Change Essentials, includes a learning module each week plus three live interactive webinars with subject experts in the field of climate action. View course syllabus here.

Teachers can enroll for free by using the Scholarship Code: K12Scholar (Note: Scholarship code is applicable to PD hours and CEU course ONLY). For more information visit the course website here.


Teaching Extreme Weather Professional Development

Next course starts 14 February 2022


The Presidio Graduate School has launched a new teacher prof. development course: Teaching Extreme Weather. Explore the driving forces behind extreme weather events, specifically those occurring where they live. As part of the course teachers create a lesson or series of lessons focused on extreme weather that align to the Next Generation Science Standards as well as to State Standards for their grade level.

Enrollment is FREE for any teachers wanting to take the course for PD hours or CEUs.

Learn more here

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching


The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) - including computer science, is now accepting nominations! The PAEMST is the highest honor the U.S. government bestows for K–12 mathematics and science teaching, honoring up to 108 teachers each year. Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President; a trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend recognition events; and $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.

Consider nominating a talented teacher or applying for the award yourself here. This year, teachers in grades K–6 are eligible. Nominations close on January 7. Applications are due by February 6.

Student opportunities
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Join the Youth Climate Justice Summit!

Date: 25-26 February 2022

Join Climate Generation’s Youth Environmental Activists Program for the 2022 Virtual Youth Climate Justice Summit:

  • Meet Virtually with elected officials
  • Make new friends in the youth climate movement
  • Learn about climate justice
  • Find out how to get involved with what you care about

The full schedule is coming soon, and the organizers would love your input to help build and shape it! Suggest workshop topics or apply to lead a workshop of your own in the registration form. The majority of youth who attend are in high school, although anyone age 21 and under is invited to participate!

Learn more and register here. 

Toolkit for Young Climate Activists

Check out these great resources from the United Nations Children's Fund, designed to support youth who are just beginning their advocacy journey. These toolkits are created by young people, for young people, who are concerned about climate change and are working to take direct action. 


NASA GLOBE Cloud Challenge 2022: Clouds in a Changing Climate

15 January through 15 February 2022!


We need your help capturing data about clouds where you live! The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program invites you to take part in their upcoming Cloud Challenge: “Clouds in a Changing Climate.” There are two ways to contribute to this citizen science effort:

(1) Submit your own cloud observations using The GLOBE Program’s GLOBE Observer app.(Remember to always be safe and  follow local guidelines while observing.) 

(2) Participate from the comfort of your home through NASA GLOBE CLOUD GAZE. Using this project on the Zooniverse online platform, you can identify cloud types and other  phenomena in photos taken by GLOBE participants.

Link to the challenge page and join the challenge!

 American Student Assistance’s (ASA) Solve Together: Tomorrow’s Leaders Tackling Today’s Challenges

Enrollment: Now through 4 March 2022; Winners announced 30 March 2022


ASA's Solve Together is a national contest for middle school classrooms that’s now open to all students and educators!  The second annual contest, held through the virtual Solvably platform, is an opportunity for students to engage  in collaborative problem-solving through the lens of a specific career. This year the challenges are based on real-world problems such as climate change, public health, space exploration and sustainability, or a passion project of your choice. These challenges can be completed in remote, hybrid, or in-person classrooms. 

Registration is available for all students through middle school public educators and will remain open until the contest closes on March 4th, 2022. So far over 700 people representing 45 states have shown interest in the challenge!  

Register Students Here

Environmental Justice Video Challenge for Students

Deadline: 1 April 2022 (Phase 1)

The EPA has launched the Environmental Justice (EJ) Video Challenge for students to enhance communities’ capacity to address environmental inequities. In Phase 1, students will submit a video that demonstrates innovative approaches to identify and characterize an EJ issue(s) in a community using data and publicly available tools. Win up to $20,000, as well as other additional benefits. Details on Phase 2 of the challenge will be shared at a later date.

 Learn more about the challenge and how to apply.


2022 Ocean Awareness Contest

Deadline:  13 June 2022

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The 2022 Ocean Awareness Contest is a platform for young people to learn about environmental issues through art-making and creative communication, and become advocates for positive change. Its theme, THE FUNNY THING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, challenges students to learn about climate change and its impact on the ocean, and to explore new ways, like humor, satire, or kitsch, to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis. 

Visit the website for full details, and be sure to check out Bow Seat’s Resource Studio on methods that break the mold on your typical doom and gloom messaging.

Special Awards:

There will also be an Educator Innovation Awards. If you bring the Ocean Awareness Contest into your physical or virtual classroom this year, we want to hear from you! Nominate yourself or a colleague for a $750 award. Learn more >

Ed Resources

Why Do We Have Seasons?


Explore what causes seasons on Earth in this interactive adapted from NASA materials that features four cities at different latitudes. Use this resource to view how Earth’s axial tilt causes seasons from different perspectives and to develop and use models of sunlight received at Earth’s surface.

Environmental Justice Curriculum: Redford Center Stories

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This is a free environmental justice education program and curriculum for youth 5th – 12th grade that celebrates transformational storytelling, creative education, community wellbeing, and global justice. Redford Center Stories features a free, flexible, film-based curriculum, a series of virtual workshops and events, and an inclusive learning community designed to actively engage our youth in the environmental justice movement. 


Climate Generation’s Take Action Toolkit


Support youth-led initiatives with Climate Generation’s Take Action Toolkit. This step-by-step guide walks through everything students need to pull off their project. The template can be adapted to a wide variety of campaigns and projects for youth and adults alike.

Find the toolkit freely available here.

Short Film: The Science of Climate Change from Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI) Biointeractive

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How do we know that we’re undergoing unprecedented anthropogenic climate change? Explore the science of climate change with HHMI's newest short film. Learn from four scientists (fire scientist Crystal Kolden, soil scientist Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, atmospheric scientist Ralph Keeling, and ice core scientist Kathleen Wendt), who are gathering evidence about climate change, and about how we can use our understanding of climate science to propose solutions to the current crisis.

Trending Upward


If you’re looking to deepen students’ understanding of climate change, several of HHMI's resources extend the information presented in the film, The Science of Climate Change. The  “Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide” Data Point activity asks students to examine a graph of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels taken at the NOAA Mauna Loa Observatory - also featured in the film. Students can delve into Earth’s climate history with The Paleoclimate: A History of Change Click & Learn activity. Lastly, students can calculate their personal carbon footprint and suggest ways to reduce carbon emissions with this activity.

New Initiatives And Platforms, Powered By Resource Watch: Collaborative and Data Informed

Ocean Watch

Ocean Watch is a new open data platform for the global ocean, built within Resource Watch. It provides curated data to support users understand the complex interactions between land and sea, and integrate stakeholders in reducing coastal pollution. Navigate the platform and its beautiful visualizations. Visit the site or read the blog.


Earth HQ

Earth HQ is an interactive tool that combines data, environmental science journalism, and compelling multimedia storytelling to understand the looming climate and nature crisis. Visit the site or read the blog.

Land & Carbon Lab

Land & Carbon Lab is a comprehensive global land monitoring system to track the pulse of the planet’s land and its nature-based carbon. It provides actionable information they need to address the global land squeeze. Visit the site, read the blog, or watch the launch event.

Living Schoolyard Activity Guide


Take a break from the whiteboard, get some fresh air, and engage students in hands-on science and math learning with Green Schoolyards America’s Living Schoolyard Activity Guide. Downloadable as a PDF, the publication features more than 200 pages of research-based activities to engage K–12 students of all ages and levels in meaningful outdoor learning in theme-based chapters. Explore the activity guide here.

Winter Salt Watch Monitoring Kit

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Road salt helps people travel safely in the winter, but road salt doesn't stay on roads: It washes off into freshwater streams, where it damages the quality of our drinking water and hurts organisms that aren’t adapted to life in salty environments. With a FREE Winter Salt Watch Monitoring Kit -from the Izaak Walton League of America environmental group - you can investigate road salt levels in your community and participate in a nationwide citizen science project. It is most appropriate for middle and high school levels. Find out how to get your free kit here!

Miseducation: How Climate Change Is Taught in America

This exciting new book from investigative reporter Katie Worth tells the gripping story of why so many American children are learning misinformation about climate change. Worth reviewed scores of textbooks, built a 50-state database, and traveled to a dozen communities to talk to children and teachers about what is being taught about climate change in America’s public schools. She found a red-blue divide in climate education. Check out a recording of a special educator's session with the author, Katie Worth.

Read an overview from The Washington Post here, and learn more about the book on this website.  


Conference Reports

NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Data Helps with Offshore Wind Energy Planning

NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and partners published data on the locations and population density of 33 species of marine birds along the Pacific outer continental shelf of the contiguous U.S. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will use the team’s predictive maps to assess risks for marine birds and to guide siting of offshore wind energy projects that minimize negative impacts to their populations. These products are helping advance the president’s clean energy goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, while minimizing the wind industry’s impacts on protected species, habitats, and commercial and recreational fishing. Read the full report here.



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