* Available for academic credit *
Too many schools proudly proclaim a commitment to critical thinking, but gloss over global warming and climate change, topics that could help students prepare for the future they will face all too soon. Considering the urgent IPCC report from 2022, and the positive (but less-than-optimal) results from COP27, this is just not acceptable.
We think schools have a duty to teach the truth about the real world — no matter how uncomfortable it may be. When they fail to do this (whether because of state-imposed standards or local inaction) they are making school less-relevant to students’ lives and failing to prepare them for the world they will face.
Interns will help develop ways to implement an effective plan for teaching climate. They will gain a strong understanding of ways to include climate education at all levels, to more fully understand global warming and climate change, and to strengthen their project development skills. Interns will work on some or all of the following tasks:
- Become familiar with the content at Teaching Climate and the BASD Climate and Sustainability Commitment.
- Research how some schools are already teaching effectively about global warming and the climate emergency
- Meet with teachers and community members to learn more about what can be done
- Identify actions students, teachers, parents, and administrators can take to fulfill the responsibility to teach about global warming and climate disruption
- Explore ways to increase community awareness of the urgent need for action
- Develop a live presentation to share your insights and raise awareness of the need for action
- Help maintain the Teaching Climate site and post to the blog
- Write articles and letters to the editor on global warming & climate change education
This internship is offered for academic credit (replacing a regular course) and will require 10–12 hours per week. It is open to all majors (not just education or environmental science).
This internship is offered on a virtual/hybrid basis.
[Posted September 22, 2023]