IPCC Climate Education

Teaching the Science of Climate Change

Educational Tools for International Classrooms


From increasing temperatures and sea level rise to human impacts, climate change isn’t easy to teach. The complex science, politicized environment, misinformation, and lack of teacher training pose a formidable challenge.

Novim is teaming with the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) and the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) at the University of Colorado to address this important issue head-on, and to bring the complex findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) into understandable focus in the classroom.

Improving Climate Change Teaching has an ambitious goal: To enhance climate change training for science teachers and improve instruction in the pre-college classroom. Studies show that teachers need a better understanding of climate change. Professional Development resources need to align with Next Generation Science Standards, incorporate the latest science, and guide teachers to curricula best suited for their classrooms.

Teachers are the ultimate gatekeepers. Without robust training, they don’t have the core skills to teach climate change – and without effective teachers, effective curricula can’t exist.

Improving Climate Change Teaching is designed to:

  • Develop teacher-training resources aimed specifically at pre-college teachers charged with communicating climate change to their students.

  • Create a Web Portal that acts as the teacher’s planning tool, focusing on best practices, identifying the best curricula, and responding to the climate change questions they ask as they develop their lesson plans.

  • UCMP, CLEAN, and Novim are developing and testing the materials. They are scheduled for release in the fall of 2019.

“Models turn facts into stories, and stories into insight.” - Ian Leslie