2023 Climate Justice Teach-in

Worldwide Climate Justine Teach-in

The time to act on climate solutions is now. Yet with so much to do, where do we start? While complex and varied, all meaningful climate action can be jump started with one simple step: talking about it. This April, join fellow Badgers, and people all across the globe, in taking part of the Worldwide Teach-In on Climate Justice, a global initiative with the goal of fostering interdisciplinary, community-based, and solution-oriented climate education.

 

Through solutions-focused conversations, the Teach-In seeks to inspire students and community members to address climate change by aligning their personal strengths, interests, and academic paths with the climate solutions that need doing. This year, UW–Madison’s Teach-In will take two main approaches: the #MakeClimateAClass initiative, taking place in the classroom, and a larger Teach-In event, bringing together the larger campus community. 

#MakeClimateAClass

Instructors teaching a course during the Spring 2023 semester are encouraged to incorporate a ten to thirty-minute discussion of climate change and climate solutions into their syllabi during April. For the first half of this period, we invite instructors to speak to how climate relates to their discipline. For the second half, we encourage instructors to invite a former student or department alum whose work relates to climate change to join the class and discuss their career path.

All students - no matter their field of study - deserve to hear about how they can contribute to climate solutions. This initiative is not only inclusive of, but targeted to classes that aren’t specifically focused on climate and the environment. By engaging students across all disciplines on our campus with climate, we aim to show them that they all can play a role in the movement to address climate change, regardless of their academic path. 

Sign Up to #MakeClimateAClass at UW Madison

Teach-In Event

The 2023 teach-in will culminate in a plenary event open to the entire campus community, featuring in-depth discussion from local climate experts. During last year’s teach-in, over one hundred attendees engaged with panelists from a variety of academic backgrounds to explore a diverse range of topics related to climate change and environmental justice. This year, through a combination of the #MakeClimateAClass initiative and this plenary session, we hope to reach hundreds more students and community members, empowering them to play a role in the movement to address climate change regardless of their academic or professional paths. More info to come!

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Options For K-12 Students & Teachers

K-12 educators are encouraged to participate in the Worldwide Teach-In at a time and in a format best suited to their institutions and broader communities. The #MakeClimateAClass initiative–feasible for any class in any subject–is a great way to involve young students in environmental justice discussions and instill them with the confidence that they can be a part of a global climate solution, regardless of their career path. Especially dedicated educators can take the pledge to #Teach10Hours4Climate, expanding upon the #MakeClimateAClass initiative to incorporate ten hours of climate education into their instructional plans over the course of the school year. Resources about these options can be found below, or by contacting the organizers of the Teach-In from the Wisconsin Energy Institute, Marina Kerekes (mkerekes@wisc.edu) and Lucas LoBreglio (lobreglio@wisc.edu).

Sign Up to #MakeClimateAClass in your K-12 Classroom