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Lessons for Climate Education Week (and Every Week!)

At Earth Day Network, we believe a critical step in creating a healthy and more sustainable future is to educate and prepare students to lead us. Education focusing on environmental issues is paramount to a sustainable future led by environmentally literate citizens. Environmental education is needed now more than ever. Unfortunately, existing school curriculum is often insufficient.

That’s where we come in: Earth Day Network’s education programs provide resources for educators, with environmental lesson plans to teach students about conservation, sustainability, environmental protections, climate science, climate change impacts and more. Earth Day Network provides tools and curricula for educators to equip students with the knowledge, skills and motivation to become the next generation of environmental leaders.

Climate Education Week

For every annual Climate Education Week (the week leading up to Earth Day), we help educators teach climate change with our Climate Education Toolkit, which includes a range of curricula, lesson plans, educational activities and resources. Our primary and secondary education resources help teachers engage their students in environmental issues, including daily lesson plans for students from K-12, divided into age-appropriate lessons.

As the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day approaches (April 2020), education will be a critical tool in preparing people around the world to make the next Earth Day the biggest yet. Now, more than ever, students of all ages need to have a firm understanding of the challenges our planet faces and what they can do to make a difference. The first Earth Day in 1970 was driven by the energy of students throughout the U.S. taking a stand. We hope youth match that next year to achieve environmental victories around the world.


Protect Our Species Climate Education Week Toolkit (2019)

This toolkit overviews the threats to biodiversity around the world and helps teachers incorporate curriculum about endangered species into their lesson plans with a variety of age-appropriate lessons and activities.

End Plastic Pollution Climate Education Week Toolkit (2018)

This toolkit provides an overview of the causes and impacts of plastic pollution and helps teachers incorporate lessons and activities into their classroom throughout the year.

Environment & Climate Literacy Toolkit (2017)

With the goal of educating and engaging K-12 students on climate change, this web-based, cross-disciplinary resource includes a range of curricula, lesson plans and educational activities that will engage students to be fluent in local environmental issues and tackle the unprecedented challenge of climate change.

iTextbook - The Story of Climate Change

The Story of Climate Change is a first-of-its-kind, interactive digital textbook for middle school students. Students watch glaciers melt, dive into the world’s coral reefs and explore how bike share programs reduce carbon emissions — all from their personal tablets.

We also provide college-level resources with MobilizeU, an international movement of concerned and active students and administrators uniting around their common interest of environmental action to support a sustainable future for all.

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We are developing all of our 2020 resources — sign up for our Educator Network Newsbites to be informed as they are released. The Educator Network provides tips and resources for educators around the world to green their schools and carry out environmental education lessons in their classrooms.

We also love to spotlight the amazing projects you and your students work on for other educators to be inspired by. Email [email protected] with photos, videos and stories about what you and your students are doing. We might highlight your work!

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