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Resources for Teaching and Learning About Climate Change Issues

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 4 Comments | Published on August 20, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection
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by Marsha Rakestraw

In his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama spent the most time yet talking about climate change and emphasized that “[N]o challenge — no challenge — poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.”

And while politicians and the business world continue to dither about climate change action, alarming reports about the impact of our climate crisis continue to proliferate.

As humane educators and changemakers, educating ourselves about climate change issues and helping inspire and empower others to take significant positive personal and systemic action is vital.

Use the resources in our Climate Change Global Issues Guide to help learn and teach about climate change issues.

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I sometimes wonder how we can try to teach by example, or even reason, when some listeners refuse to acknowledge either? In some ways, I wonder if those who deny global climate change, and thus will not change policies or procedures as a result, pass into the area of religious extremist . . . nothing that is said or done will alter beliefs once they are firmly adhered to?

Marsha says:

Jeffrey, thanks for your comment.

While it can be extremely challenging for any of us who hold strong beliefs to alter them, it’s always possible. Sometimes it’s a matter of something being framed for us in a different way. Sometimes it’s having encountered the seeds of change repeatedly. Sometimes a significant event causes us to ask questions.

I remind myself that what I can do is model my message of compassion and justice as best I can, continue to strive to do better, and continue to plant seeds of education and empowerment that some day may inspire others.

We can also focus our time and energy on those most ready to embrace change, rather than struggling with those who aren’t yet ready.

Mahatma Gandhi once said something that has stuck with me:

“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”

Thanks for all you do to help create a better world for all!


Marsha, that is a wonderful quote from Gandhi, and it reminds me, in the immortal words of Yoda, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” http://www.starwars.com/news/the-starwars-com-10-best-yoda-quotes

Indeed, sometimes doing what we believe in can be a lonely road, though it does not often stay that way for long.

Andrew says:

“nothing that is said or done will alter beliefs once they are firmly adhered to”

This is exactly what I was going to say. It seems like no amount of evidence is enough to convince a climate change denier. Because of this I’ve pretty much given up on debating the topic entirely.