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Letter writer Kara Grady advocates for a webinar to discuss eco-friendly actions to reverse climate change.

It has been a long COVID-19 year for teachers and students. On top of COVID-19, the planet kept getting hotter and hotter, with 2020 tying for the hottest year that humans have ever experienced. Yet it is likely that 2020 will be one of the coolest years in the next 100 years unless we change course quickly. As we head into Earth Month (or April), how can educators engage students with this critical issue?

On April 7, the University of Northern Iowa is hosting an interactive webinar with three top experts on climate solutions and climate justice from Iowa, along with more than 100 universities around the world. The webinar discussion will focus on big, ambitious things that we can do right here over the next year to help solve climate change while also creating much-needed jobs and responding to societal injustices as we recover from COVID-19. Register for the event here.

The April 7 webinar features:

  • Matt Hein, energy services manager of Cedar Falls Utilities

  • Chris Schwartz, Black Hawk County supervisor 

  • Ellen Bluth, vice chancellor for workforce and economic development at the Eastern Iowa Community College District

The speakers will talk about concrete solutions to climate change, ranging from energy to jobs to ethical businesses, and take questions from the audience. Please sign up here for the link.

Teachers can use the webinar to #MakeClimateAClass by assigning it as homework. Then there are one-page teacher guides available to lead a one-class period discussion about climate change from the perspective of your subject area. The guides, for over two dozen different disciplines, have been developed by a global climate education project based at Bard College in New York. 

After assigning this overview of climate solutions here in Iowa as homework, artists can talk with their students about effective climate imagery, literature professors can talk about climate fiction (cli-fi), psychology teachers can teach about climate anxiety and denial and business professors can discuss how companies can help drive climate solutions. 

“The world’s top climate scientists have told us we have 10 years to act to hold global warming to the low end,” Eban Goodstein, faculty organizer for the webinar, said. “This April, students deserve a class period to talk about climate solutions and climate justice — from many different disciplinary perspectives. Join us for the University of Northern Iowa’s webinar on April 7th and ask every teacher you know to #MakeClimateAClass.”

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(2) comments

Seymour Trout

Man-made climate change is a popular delusion with no foundation in science. What would prove it false, where has it been tested, and what were the results? If nothing can prove it false, then it is not a rational belief and certainly not science. The lack of such a falsifiable proposition makes man-made global warming pseudo-science, a faith.

In fact, man-made climate change is promoted as unfalsifiable. Its believers claim that it is true if the climate grows warmer. It’s true if the climate grows colder. It’s also true if the climate stays the same. If something is claimed to be true in all cases, it is not true at all.

We’ve been hearing the Left tell us for the last fifty years that we only have only ten years to fix climate change Or Else. None of their dire predictions have come true.

J. T.

People need to realize that climate science has been entirely corrupted by politics.

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