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Climate in the Classroom

PROJECT LEADER – Kathy Conway (Interim)

Project Description

  1. To explore with regional educators ways that we can contribute to finding and developing curricular materials which promote student awareness and understanding of the science of climate change, together with its causes, consequences, and actions we can take. These curricula could be used in schools, for home schooling, and in extra-curricular situations, such as youth groups, after school clubs, nature centers, summer camps, etc.
  2. To develop and give one-time presentations about climate change to elementary-age and middle-school-age children as an introduction to the subject. Give the teacher, parent, or group leader follow-up curriculum materials.
  3. To connect and work with high school and middle-school students who:
    1. might help develop curriculum and present in lower-age classrooms
    2. wish to use education in climate change as their senior project, capstone project, or to fulfill another class requirement.

Goals

Curriculum development and dissemination of information to teachers.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

One of SOCAN’s main mission objectives is to educate the public about climate science. One of the most effective ways of doing this is reaching students at all levels.

Accomplishments

  • Lessons Plans developed for teachers of different grade levels by local Teachers in collaboration with SOCAN or by SOCAN volunteers (listed under Curriculum Materials Developed by Local Educators on Education Resouces page).
  • Participation in SOREEL August Institute Resource Fairs 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
  • SOREEL August Institute Workshops on Climate Science 2013, 2015, 2016.
  • Presentations at area schools.
  • Program on climate change at Hedrick Middle School Summer Camp, 2016.
  • Climate Science Workshop at Environmental Education Association of Oregon Conference, Suttle Lake, September 2016

How to Join

Please send an email expresing interest to info@socan.info.

Background Information

Unlike their predecesor, the Next Generation Science Standards, adopted by Oregon, explicitly include the expectation that students will understand climate science.

Education Resources

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Master Climate Protector

Administrative Coordinator – Eric Dittmer. Modeled on the extremely popular Jackson County Master Gardener and Master Recycler programs, our Master Climate Protector (MCP) program incorporates both a training component and a service component…

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Media Corps

PROJECT LEADER – ALAN JOURNET

Project Description

The Media Corps (formerly the Writing Corps) Project comprises individuals who are interested in contacting print and broadcast media to promote public awareness about climate change issues and SOCAN activities and projects.   This involves such activities as writing letters to the editor (LTEs), feature stories, or opinion columns (op-eds), writing and circulating Press Releases, submitting entries to regional community calendars,  and being available for radio and TV interviews on these issues. The benefit of joining the project team is that we can help one another identify items to address, refine drafts for content and clarity, and minimize unnecessary duplication while enhancing coverage of the critical issues.

The Writing Corps particularly helps individual interested in writing Letters to the Editor or Guest Columns to the local print media. We help individuals by helping find information sources and data upon request, and reviewing drafts to offer suggestions on content accuracy, organization, and clarity.

Goals

The Goal of the Media Corps is to promote regional awareness of climate change causes, consequences, implications, and solutions throughout Southern Oregon, and similarly promote SOCAN activities and projects throughout the region.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

This project addresses the Mission of promoting awareness and understanding on climate change, its causes and consequences.

Accomplishments

From our inauguration in 2012, to the end of 2013 we scored 85 media appearances. Since then, our annual appearances score has been: 2014 – 238; 2015 – 252; 2016 to end of April – 92.

How to Join

Please contact Alan Journet at alan@socan.info.

Background Information

We are constantly confronted with news or scientific reports on issues related to climate change that gain wide circulation.  Local media frequently carry reports, opinions or letters that address climate change issues, some of which deserve rapid response by way of endorsement or rebuttal. Similarly, activities and events organized by Southern Oregon Climate Action Now or related organizations often can benefit from attention in the local media.

Resources

Contains tips on writing letters and guest columns, URLs and/or email addresses for regional target print media with word counts and publication frequencies permitted by newspapers.

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Oregon Legislative Districts

Project Leader – Alan Journet

Project Description

One of the most effective ways of communicating the importance of acting to address climate change is to show individuals what is happening in people’s own backyards.  This project follows that principle by providing Oregonians with a brief summary of what the trends and projections are for their locality – using the Senate Districts as the geographic regional boundaries.

Goals

The Goal was to produce summaries for each House District. We now plan to produce one parallel summary for each of Oregon’s Federal Congressional House Districts.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

This project addresses the SOCAN mission statements of promoting awareness and understanding about the consequences of climate change AND motivating concerned citizens to take action.

Accomplishments

The project has produced one climate change projection summary (with a one page of bullet list) for each of Oregon’s 30 Senate Districts. These Oregon (60 House, 30 Senate) that identify likely climate trends and projections with their local consequences and implications.  These summaries have been used by environmental groups across the state to develop regional Guest Opinion (op – ed) columns for local newspapers and to submit to representatives during advocacy visits.

How to Join

Please contact Alan Journet at alan@socan.info.

Background Information

Shortly after SOCAN was inaugurated, it occurred to us that a brief summary of climate trends and projections for each region in Oregon could be helpful in communicating the problem to local residents and representatives.   Given this premise, a reasonable way to divide the state seemed to be on the basis of Legislative Districts – a format that could have real meaning for representatives.  After offering this suggestion to statewide environmental / climate organizations and receiving positive responses but no interest in assuming responsibility for organizing the project, SOCAN thus engaged student interns from SOU to work with us on developing the summaries and bullet lists.

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Presentations

Project Leader – Alan Journet

Project Description

The purpose of the project is to develop a set of presenters and presentations that can be offered to regional audiences.  It is anticipated that these presentations will be adjusted to suit the interests and understanding of the audience, and be tailored to meet the desired goals and needs of the audience.

Goals

To present scientifically based information on climate change to promote understanding and awareness of the problem and how we can address it.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

It is anticipated that this project will promote awareness and understanding about the causes and consequences of climate change through delivery of informed presentations employing the most current science on various aspects of climate change, its causes, consequences, and counters.

Accomplishments

Since SOCAN’s beginning, we have delivered multiple SOU OLLI 10-week courses, several 3-week mini courses at Coyote Trails and North Mountain Park Nature Centers plus many stand-alone presentations to Southern Oregon churches, service groups, and schools.

How to Join

Please contact Alan Journet at alan@socan.info.

Background Information

Delivering presentations on various aspects of climate change is a critically important activity offered by SOCAN. We have developed presentation slide sets that can be shared.

By offering schools, educational institutions, community and service groups informed presentations and programs on Climate Change, SOCAN can promote among area residents; a greater understanding of the basic science of climate change; its causes and consequences, regionally, nationally, and globally; and what we can do to address the problem.  Addressing climate change involves both preparing for the consequences that are inevitable and reducing its causes so as to reduce the severity of future impacts.

Resources

List of speakers & topics