The Climate Change Education Whitepaper is one of two whitepapers developed by the NSF-CCEP-I award (award # 1237595) entitled Great Lakes Climate Change Science and Education Systemic Network (GLCCSESN).
The partners include University of Wisconsin – Madison, NOAAs Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, Ashland University, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and the College of Exploration.
As part of the planning process, GLCCSESN undertook several research initiatives to assess what climate change educators in the Great Lakes understand about climate change, how they use climate change in their practice, and what barriers and gaps they face in climate change education. This white paper is a report on the GLCCSESN team’s research as well as previous, related research done by others. In this paper we explore:
1) The general background on climate change education in informal and formal setting (Section 2)
2) The current state of climate change education in the Great Lakes, from the perspective of formal educators, educators, and journalists (Sections 3-5)
3) Barriers and gaps to climate change education, particularly in the Great Lakes region (Section 6)
4) Overall implications of this research (Section 7)