Climate Change Resources for K-12 Teachers and Students
What you'll learn
- Familiarity with many the most important topics for getting one's head around the problem of climate change.
- Why climate change is such a difficult problem to tackle
- How to approach climate change through the frame of "climate risk"
- Where to look for hundreds of the best resources for exploring and better understanding climate change
- No experience needed. Short videos introduce topics and resources, and supporting PDFs organize resources for 1-click access.
Concerned about what climate change (or global warming) might mean for the future? Interested in finding resources that you can use to explore climate change for yourself? Climate change is a massive topic, and the sheer volume of available resources is a real challenge for teachers and students. Particularly when you get beyond the basic science of the greenhouse effect and global warming.
This course is not about basic science. This course is not based on official climate change curriculum guidelines, and does not try to replace or replicate the relevant content of science textbooks. Instead, it lets you leverage the 30+ years of your instructor's work on understanding, tackling, and communicating climate change, and the many thousands of hours he's spent curating climate change information that can facilitate teachers' and students' access to climate knowledge that is "actionable" for them.
This course includes both content authored by the instructor himself, as well as pointing teachers and students to a huge variety of age-appropriate resources for exploring almost any climate change topic in more depth, including books, videos, websites, quizzes, games, visualizations, and more. Almost anything you might be looking for when it comes to understanding and tackling climate change already exists, but randomly searching the internet is not a particularly useful way to find most of that information. You're also just as likely to turn up climate change misinformation as information you should rely on.
Understanding climate change is critical today for all age groups, and this course is a great way for K-12 age groups to accomplish that goal much more easily than would otherwise be the case.
Who this course is for:
- K-12 teachers and students looking for great climate-related talks, videos, games, quizzes, websites, and more they can use in advancing their understanding of climate change.
Dr. Mark C. Trexler has more than 30 years of climate change experience, and has advised clients around the world on climate change risk and risk management. Mark joined the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC, in 1988, where he worked on the first carbon offset project, the CARE Agroforestry Project in Guatemala, as well as the first studies of nature-based solutions to climate change.
Mark has served as a lead author and editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and founded and directed Trexler Climate + Energy Services (TC+ES) from 1991–2007. He was most recently Director of Climate Risk for the global risk management firm of Det Norske Veritas (based in Oslo). He is widely published on climate change topics, particularly those relating to carbon offsets, societal risk, and business risk management.
Mark has a long-time interest in how knowledge management tools can help individuals have more productive lives, and in how knowledge management can help tackle complicated societal problems like climate change. Mark is the co-developer of the Climate Web, which uses TheBrain knowledge management software, and is the closest thing today to a collective climate change intelligence. Indeed, much of the content of Mark's Udemy courses is delivered from within the Climate Web. But Mark also uses TheBrain software in his personal life, having settled on TheBrain after exploring many other knowledge management tools over the years.
Mark has lived around the world and speaks five languages, and holds advanced degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.