RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES
This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the issues surrounding climate change and what can be done to address these challenges.
LESSON PLANS & COURSES
These resources include videos, games, lesson plans, and activities to encourage students to consider ways that climate change issues can be addressed.
NOAA – The Impact of Climate Change The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has created lesson plans, hands on activities, videos, and webinars that American Spaces can use for in-person and online programming.
The UN has put out a number of climate change related courses perfect for clubs.
WHAT IS CLIMATE CHANGE?
Climate change describes a change in the average conditions, such as temperature and rainfall, in a region over a long period of time. NASA scientists have observed that the Earth’s surface is warming, and many of the warmest years on record have happened in the past 20 years.
The United States and the world face a profound climate crisis. We have a narrow moment to pursue action at home and abroad in order to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of that crisis and to seize the opportunity that tackling climate change presents. Domestic action must go hand in and with United States international leadership, aimed at significantly enhancing global action. Together, we must listen to science and meet the moment.-President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
ZephAir – Smartphone app that provides real-time information from AirNow
American Spaces Toolkits
- American Museum of Natural History Exhibition This online exhibition shows how the earth is changing and provides low tech classroom activities.
Videos and Articles
- Share America Articles
- U.S. returns to Paris agreement
- Voice of America – Climate Change: The Growing Threat
- NASA: Global Warming from 1880 to 2020
- EPA: Climate Change Indicators
FILMS AND VIDEO
Film Programming Packages
Saving My Tomorrow – Kids Who Love the Earth: From HBO and the American Museum of Natural History, this documentary available on Kanopy provides a collection of songs, activism, and tips for protecting the earth. Children share their thoughts on subjects ranging from endangered animals and pollution to climate change.
Love Thy Nature: Narrated by Liam Neeson, this film interviews a wide range of scientists who break down current environmental issues and what future solutions are needed.
Wall-E*: This movie takes place about 700 years in the future, where humans have been forced to abandon Earth after allowing pollution and environmental degradation to ruin the planet. The film ends with a hopeful message.
Films in Kanopy are accessible through eLibraryUSA and can be screened at American Spaces through our agreement with eLibraryUSA. American Spaces can also screen these films online in closed platforms.
- Rachel Carson: The Woman Who Launched the Modern Environmental Movement (PBS, released 2017)
- 10 Parks that Changed America (PBS, released 2016)
- Climate Refugees: The Global Human Impact of Climate Change (2010)
- Oceans (PBS, 2014)
*These films can be screened at American Spaces under our licensing agreement with the MPLC http://bit.ly/MPLCTips. Post will need to procure these films. The Office of American Spaces is not endorsing these movies, as they may not be appropriate for all audiences. Coordinators should screen the films ahead of showing them.
The views expressed in these links and resources do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. government.
Updated December 2022