Fire and Brimstone! Addressing Climate Change in Education

Thursday, August 9, 2019
7:00-9:00 PM

Stand4 grabbed noted scientists, Don Haas and Rob Ross to lead a discussion on the challenges of creating a dialogue about the real threat of climate change. Please join us as citizens, artists, educators and Earthlings as we explore ways to address solutions.

Fire and Brimstone and Fort McMurray and Other Gleanings from The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change

The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change, by Ingrid Zabel, Don Haas, Robert Ross, and Alexandra Moore, offers accessible explanations of not only the physical science of climate change but also the social science and cultural issues that complicate teaching, learning and discussing the topic especially challenging. While the book was written with teachers in mind, it is friendly to all readers. It is also, thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, available free online.

The presentation will provide a brief overview of the book, a reading focusing on the complications associated with using apocalyptic language in climate communication, rules of thumb for discussing controversial issues and rich discussion.

The crowdfunding campaign to send the book to every high school science teacher in the US will be discussed. More than 25% of the public high schools in the US, including all of those in NYC have already been reached.

Don Haas is the Director of Teacher Programs at the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) and President of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. He’s taught at Kalamazoo College, and Cornell, and Colgate Universities as well as at several high schools. He holds a PhD from Michigan State University.

Rob Ross is PRI’s Associate Director for Outreach. He’s taught at Ithaca College, and Cornell and Shizuoka Universities. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and completed a post doctoral fellowship at the University of Kiel in Germany.

Related links:
The book’s website, where the pdf can be downloaded for free and print copies can be ordered here.

The book’s blog, where individual chapters can be downloaded and where a growing list of supporting materials are available here.

The Teach Climate Science Crowdfunding Campaign:
More info including press about the book.