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Citizens' Climate Education


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

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Global, North America, United States



Top Evidence-Based Climate Communications Tips

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  • This one-page article outlines 7 climate communication tips.
  • Students will learn helpful and easy-to-use hints like when to use the terms "global warming" or "climate change" and why and how to emphasize scientific consensus.
Teaching Tips


  • This article will help students to feel more confident about speaking with others on the topic of climate change.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students may benefit from reading about the Yale Climate Opinion Maps and the Six Americas of Climate Change, both of which are mentioned in the article.
  • Teachers should be responsive to the needs of their students. Some may or may not be passionate about climate change. Some students may have loved ones who do not believe in climate change or consider it a real threat to our existence.


  • If students are comfortable, they can speak about their personal experiences communicating climate change in their social circles.
  • Social science and English language arts educators could use this article for persuasive writing, critical writing, analytical writing, or descriptive writing. It could also be used in a Socratic seminar.
Scientist Notes
The resource is recommended for educators to prepare students for a relatable climate conversation.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions
      • D4.1.6-8 Construct arguments using claims and evidence from multiple sources, while acknowledging the strengths and limitations of the arguments.
      • D4.1.9-12 Construct arguments using precise and knowledgeable claims, with evidence from multiple sources, while acknowledging counterclaims and evidentiary weaknesses.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.9-12 Use disciplinary and interdisciplinary lenses to understand the characteristics and causes of local, regional, and global problems; instances of such problems in multiple contexts; and challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address these problems over time and place.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.
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