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Did you know that the world’s climate is changing? Many human activities like driving cars, running factories, and generating energy release gases into our atmosphere. Because these gases trap heat from the sun close to the earth, this is causing our planet to warm!

As the global temperature warms, weather patterns have begun to change, polar ice is melting, and sea levels are rising. These changes could impact the lives of hundreds of millions of people in our lifetime!

There’s a lot of information out there on climate change but we’ve added our favorite websites below. Click a link below to jump straight down to any section:

INFORMATION for KIDS

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Climate Change Basics video by the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) (3 minutes)

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Coral Reefs are Affected by Climate Change by UCAR  (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)

Fossil Fuels by NASA Climate Kids

The Realities of Climate Change by Scholastic Inc.

Weather vs Climate by UCAR

What is Happening in the Ocean?  by NASA’s Climate Kids

What is the Big Deal with Carbon? by NASA’s Climate Kids

What is the Greenhouse Effect? by NASA’s Climate Kids

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Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye video by National Geographic (4 minutes)

Climate 101 with Bill Nye video by Climate Reality (5 minutes)

Climate Animation video by Nina Ree-Linstad (5 minutes)

Climate Change video by BrainPop (7 minutes) (free)

Climate Change Around the World (and other videos) videos by UEN (Utah Education Network) (3 minutes)

Climate Change: Crash Course Kids #41.2 video by Crash Course Kids (4 minutes)

Climate Change Seen in U.S. National Parks video series by United States National Park Service (each video is 3 – 10 minutes)

Fragile Environment: How We Impact Our Surroundings video series by BrianPop (each video is 3-4 minutes) (paid subscription required)

Greenhouse Effect video by BrainPop (4 minutes) (paid subscription required)

How do Scientists Know Earth’s Climate is Changing? Ice Holds the Evidence! video by the National Science Foundation (19 minutes)

Ice Melting is an Indicator that Earth is Warming video by the U.S. National Park Service (7 minutes)

Recycling Center in Action videos by ReCommunity Recycling (2-10 minutes)

The Greenhouse Effect video by the EPA (2 minutes)

Weather vs. Climate video by Teddy TV (1 minute)

What if All the Ice Melted on Earth? video by ASAP Science (6 minutes)

What is Climate Change? video by the Australian Government (3 minutes)

Explore

Simple Computer Model to Understand CO2 and Global Warming child-friendly computer modeling by the National Center for Climate Research

WHAT CAN KIDS DO?

Actions Kids Can Take by the AMNH (American Museum of Natural History)Actions

Can Kids Help? video by Gladstone Central School Greenscenes (2 minutes)

Green Tips by National Geographic Kids

Plant for the Planet video by Young Voices for the Planet (5 minutes)

Recycle by The Ad Council

Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

You Can Make a Difference video by the Utah Education Network (2 minutes)

HOPE for Earth by Kottie Christie-Blick

WHAT SHOULD ADULTS DO?

Conserving Energy video by BrainPop (4 minutes) (paid subscription required)

Energy 101 Videos by the Department of Energy (fifteen 4-minute videos)

How the World Can Tackle Climate Change video by the Utah Education Network (3 minutes)

Light Bulbs Matter by the National Research Council

Powering the Planet with Renewable Energy video by Earth: The Operators’ Manual (53 minutes)

Reducing Your Personal Contribution to a Warming Planet by The New York Times

What We Can Do by Climate Communication

GAMES and ACTIVITES

CO2 Balancing Game by NASA’s Climate Kids

Energy Kids Crossword Puzzles and Games  by EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

Energy Star Kids Activities by the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Hog and Seek Game by Alliance to Save Energy

Leaps and Flutters by NASA’s Climate Kids

Missions to Planet Earth Online Card Game by NASA’s Climate Kids

Planet Arcade by NOAA (U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

INFORMATION for OLDER STUDENTS & TEACHERS

Teachers, please note: If Kids Against Climate Change pictures/videos are not appearing when your students log on, ask your school’s technology guru to remove the blocking filters for this site. All pictures and photos on this site are child-friendly.

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Climate Change in a Nutshell by NCSE (National Center for Science Education)

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A Blanket Around the World by NASA

A Global Plan to Save Coral Reefs by The Ocean Agency

Background Information on Climate Change by NASA

Can We Fix Global Warming? by Skeptical Science

Climate Change: How do We Know? by NASA

CLEAN Collection of Educational Resources by the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network

Climate Change Science by Climate Nexus

Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science by the U.S. Global Change Research Program/Climate Change Science Program

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming edited by Paul Hawke

Getting the Picture by Earth Vision Institute

Energy from Natural Resources by the National Academies of Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions About Climate Change by NASA

Global Warming is Happening: Fact, Myth, Fallacy by Skeptical Science

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards in the United States by Law Shelf Educational Media

Human Activities are Impacting the Climate System by CLEAN (the Climate and Literacy and Energy Awareness Network)

Interactives and Simulations by UCAR Center for Science Education

New York Uses Many Types of Renewable Energy by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Ocean Acidification’s Impact on Oysters and Other Shellfish video by NOAA (6 minutes)

Ocean Chemistry video by ACE (Alliance for Climate Education) (1 minute)

Our Changing Atmosphere: Our Warming Air Warming Planet by Earth Vision Institute

Our Changing Biosphere: Plants and Animals by Earth Vision Institute

Our Changing Hydrosphere: Ice to Oceans by Earth Vision Institute

Our Changing Planet – Impacts on People and Places by Earth Vision Institute

Planet Stewards Program free professional development for educators by NOAA

Redwoods and Climate Change video by KQED (12 minutes)

Short Answers to Hard Questions about Climate Change by The New York Times

Societal Impacts of Climate Change by NOAA

Take Aim at Climate Change video by Rapper Polar-Palooza (4 minutes)

Talking to Children about Climate Change by Kottie Christie-Blick

Teaching Climate & Energy in Middle School and High School by CLEAN (Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network)

Teaching Climate Literacy by NOAA

The Big Picture by Skeptical Science

The Gulf Stream Explained by Kurzgesagt

Trend vs Variation by Teddy TV

Volcanoes or Human Activity? Which Emits More CO2? by NOAA

Warmest Year on Earth in Recorded History: 2015 by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

What Drives Climate: Advanced Information by NASA

What’s in a Name? Weather, Global Warming and Climate Change by NASA

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Carbon and Climate Change in 90 Seconds video by NASA (2 minutes)

Causes and Effects of Climate Change video by National Geographic (3 minutes)

Climate Change: How do We Know? video by NSF (National Science Foundation) (19 minutes

Climate, Sea Level, and Superstorms video by Yale Climate Connections (5 minutes)

Climate Science video series by the Utah Education Network (eleven 3-minute videos)

Coral Reefs video series by National Ocean Services, NOAA (1-6 minutes)

Earth: The Operators’ Manual video by CarbonFund.org (54 minutes)

Green Revolution video series by NSF (5-7 minutes)

How Scientists Know What They Know About Climate Change video by The National Academies of Sciences (4 minutes)

Ocean Acidification video by ACE (Alliance for Climate Education) (3 minutes)

 

For Teachers, Because I Get It

Lesson Plans to get started teaching climate – plunge right in!

Climate Change and the Next Generation Science Standards by grade level

Ice Reflectivity Experiment & Model by Kottie Christie-Blick

Ocean Acidification Experiment & Lesson Plan by Kottie Christie-Blick

Ocean Influences Climate Lesson Plan by Kottie Christie-Blick

Ocean Influences Climate Model by Kottie Christie-Blick

Sea Level Rise Hands-On Activity Lesson Plan by Kottie Christie-Blick

Spreading the Word About Climate Change – 25 ways to for students and teachers to disseminate climate change information. We can make a difference!

Strategies for Teaching to engage students and enhance learning

The Greenhouse Effect Game – a working model

The Greenhouse Effect Model by Kottie Christie-Blick

Twitter follow @KottieCB for up-to-date climate news the easy way

Using Models to Understand Climate Change NAAEE 2018 by Kottie Christie-Blick and Jacob Tanenbaum

Graphs & Graphics

Comparing Possible Causes of Global Warming by Bloomberg Business

Dataset Gallery by NOAA

Explaining Climate Change by BBC News

Global Temperatures and Other Climate Indicators by Climate Central

Global Warming Over Time by NASA

Ice Disappearing Around the World as Earth Warms by NASA

Keeling Curve Graph by the U.S. Department of Energy, Mauna Loa Observatory

Teaching Climate Change with Graphics by Skeptical Science

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122 Responses to Start Learning

  1. Anonymous says:

    I quite liked Energy Hogs. Sure you are left with cramped hands and eventually no pulse but its totally worth it. Sometimes it’s not about learning but just having fun with a game. And yes, a touch screen would totally help.

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  2. Calum USA says:

    I think that solar farms are the best idea.I think this because you could put one in a dessert and it won’t bother people.If they do come a cross it, they are probable looking for help and they can help.Also it is good for the environment.This helps by still taking in the sun’s
    light for the sun and transforms it into energy we use like a factory.It don’t pollute the air like a factory would.

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  3. Cleo USA says:

    I give Energy Hogs 1 star. The games are way to hard, and you don’t really learn anything. My hand is cramped from the wacky window game and it isn’t that fun. I think it would be easier if I had a touch screen.

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