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For me, the worst effects of climate change will be after I’m gone. I know this is what my students will be facing and their children. I want them to have a world that is similar to the world I grew up in.
Heidi Ferris, Education Consultant
Former Earth Science Educator, 8th grade, Roseville Middle School
I taught for 12 years in the formal education system and now I am consulting on integrating environmental education into nontraditional places like confirmation class, preschool, etc.
I became a teacher because of my love of learning and my desire to share this with students. Kids always teach me more than I teach them based on their questions and curiosity.. I try and funnel kids to create something from their questions – but we need to teach them that questions are good and we need to keep asking them; this is key to scientific literacy.
My first experience with WSF was at the Summer Institute in 2006 at the School of Environmental Studies. I appreciate how WSF provided accurate scientific information and resources – not just climate resources. WSF provides trustworthy science and experts in the field.
I’m not teaching in a traditional public school classroom anymore. WSF inspired me to bring climate change to confirmation programs, 4H, library programs, Sunday school programs and teacher workshops. I needed a change from the regular classroom (dealing with behavior issues) and I wanted to fill a greater need in the world. Climate change is always integrated into my teaching. WSF helped me see how big this issue is and how critical it is to weave into anything earth/environmental. What I bring to these workshops is a systems thinking approach. My goal is to expand the diversity of audiences that receive this info. One of the dreams I have is that people see science and environmental issues in their daily lives. How climate isn’t just a science topic – it’s a social justice issue. People need scientific skills and thinking to see bigger picture. My dream is that climate change is connected to science and social justice.
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Craig Johnson, School of Environmental Studies
Educator for 35 years, Teaches 100 seniors environmental courses
From an educator’s perspective – climate change is the perfect problem to have kids examine because you can’t have kids understand it from one perspective. You won’t be effective in solving it if you just know the science, or the economics, or the politics. It’s multi-faceted. Educating kids is my role obviously – but from an environmental perspective – this is the biggest issue we face. Climate change reveals what we need to do individually and collectively to solve it and makes it the most important thing we need to work on. As a teacher, professional satisfaction, and my moral compass – the contributions I can make to the planet – there’s nothing more important to work on.
The Will Steger Foundation understands the DNA and work of educators; all the materials resonate and are aligned with educators needs in the classroom. I don’t have time/take the time to use a resource unless it is useful to me – and the WSF materials meet educators needs.
Everything I’ve been associated with WSF is quality. To have allegiance to quality – and doing things well all the time – is the kind of star I want to hang my hat on.
I say it primarily because I’ve seen the other side – programs come and go – and to watch WSF evolve – and every stage is the same level of quality – I pay attention to this personally.
WSF has had the knack of giving me what I needed when I needed it – from curriculum resources to speakers. WSF is usually ahead of the curve – as I grow into the next topic – WSF is already there. From climate change basics, to the way the world is engaging in, to the economics, etc.
My passion is that this next generation is not confounded by how we’ve done things before and handcuffed by that. I want them to see possibilities through their eyes that older generations often see as a barrier. My hope for solving the climate issue is in educating youth in how to think, how to know about the issue, and the solutions they’ll dream up. They’re not bound by our “rules.” They’re more than willing to ask why not. To me, the solution to climate change is in what the next generation will bring to the issue. I take great comfort – of the four UN climate change conferences I’ve been to – the participants have gotten younger and more diverse. I look at that and think excellent.
As a teacher, I cannot think of an organization in their realm of climate change education/area of expertise, that more consistently delivers what my particular profession needs in terms of support (curriculum/professional development).
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Fan of films? See the top finalists in the 2014 Youth Voices of Change climate change youth video contest from Minnesota and around the country. Winners will be announced at the 2014 Youth Voices Film Festival at the MN State Fair, August 22nd in the Ec-Experience Pavilion.
The Will Steger Foundation is proud to launch our 2013-14 Intergenerational Mentorship Program in partnership with the REAMP Network. This innovative mentorship model values both participants as learners and teachers, and supports 21 pairs of young and veteran environmental leaders across the Midwest.
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