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"To really confront the climate crisis, we need to think differently, build differently, and teach differently. A People's Curriculum for the Earth
is an educator's toolkit for our times."
---- author Naomi Klein
With every passing day, the climate crisis announces itself with greater urgency. The drought in California. The wildfires in the West. The summer of 2015 was the hottest ever recorded. What's next?

The good news is that activism is on the rise, too. The movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground is growing by leaps and bounds. Everywhere, colleges are divesting from the fossil fuel industry. Activists from Montana to Portland, Oregon to Bellingham, Washington are challenging coal, oil, and gas exports. The Earth is heating up, but so is the movement for climate justice.

And this week, Pope Francis is in the United States with a needed message of deep caring for the Earth and for the poor. His encyclical "Laudato S�" links capitalism and the climate crisis: "An economic system centered on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it."

For educators, we need to use Pope Francis's visit and the upcoming climate talks in Paris to insist that our schools put the climate crisis at the center of the curriculum. The Zinn Education Project features resources to help with this work, including the Rethinking Schools book co-edited by ZEP co-director Bill Bigelow, A People's Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis.

This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything:
Capitalism vs. the Climate
Now in paperback 
The Zinn Education Project is partnering
with This Change's Everything on
curriculum and outreach.

This fall, catch Naomi Klein on a book tour and screenings of the film This Changes Everything by Avi Lewis. View schedule
By Jill Howdyshell, This Changes Everything Writing Retreat Participant
I teach 6th grade in a small Yup'ik fishing village in southwestern Alaska. Climate change is having a real and direct impact on this community now, yet the school and curriculum continue to be almost completely silent on the issue----and so much else that matters in my students' lives. Continue reading.

Teaching Activities on Climate Change

By Julie Treick O'Neill and Tim Swinehart. A role play that asks students to develop a list of demands to present to the rest of the world at a climate change meeting. Download lesson.

By Brady Bennon. A high school humanities teacher introduces students to the human cost of climate change, building empathy for climate change refugees like those in the island nation of Kiribati. Download lesson.

By Bill Bigelow. Through encountering "clues," students probe the dangerous link between fossil fuels, carbon, and climate change. Download lesson.
By Abby Mac Phail. Role play on the Keystone XL Pipeline battle. Download lesson.
See You at NCSS in New Orleans
People's History at the 2015 National Council for the Social Studies Conference  
The Zinn Education Project will be attending the National Council for the Social Studies Conference (NCSS), Nov. 13-14, in New Orleans. Our booth is always abuzz with inspiring conversations as educators meet to share teaching people's history success stories, challenges, and resource ideas. Stop by our booth to meet authors:

A People's Curriculum for the Earth
Bill Bigelow and  
Tim Swinehart
Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice Linda Christensen
We as Freemen: Plessy v. Ferguson 
Keith Medley

The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, a Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken 
Wendell Pierce 

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