How to talk to Joe about climate change

From 03.03.2011.  This is a posting from Intermountain Climate, a blog that I kept on climate change during 2010 and 2011 while serving as Director of Environmental Science at the University of Idaho. 

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Earlier this week I attended the tri-agency meeting on Global Climate Change Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  The three agencies represented at this meeting were NSF, NASA, and NOAA, each with its own programs in climate change education.  I am the principal investigator on a NASA grant that provides funding for University of Idaho faculty to work with secondary school teachers to develop a curriculum on climate change.  Because I have zero formal training in education, my team of educators is far more important than I am in working with the NASA program.  My principal role in our project is to bring valid climate change science to the development of this new curriculum.  Some of my colleagues have been lukewarm in their embrace of this project, which I interpret as a concession to political reality in Idaho. Continue reading “How to talk to Joe about climate change”