A look at the news of late includes stories from all over the United States that feature extreme weather events such as hurricanes, wildfires, heatwaves, floods, and droughts. Different regions face different climate crises. Experts warn that these extreme events are more likely to occur and will be more and more severe.
James Elliot, a professor of sociology at Rice University told CNN, "If you look at disasters across the country over recent decades, there's almost always stuff going on simultaneously, but what's changed is the intensity of impact, in part due to climate change but also due to increased development in harm's way. So the way to improve is to think about long-term solutions to these long-term problems."
Climate change and its effects are issues we face today. They are also problems our students will need to grapple with as they come of age and enter adulthood. We must inform students of the issues across the country and the world. Understanding the causes of climate change and our role in these causes is vital to finding solutions. If we cannot provide viable, implementable solutions ourselves at this time, we need to give them the educational tools necessary to continue this work.
At Maps101, we have a wide variety of content to educate your students on climate change. We even have a curated collection devoted to the topic. Discussing climate change is appropriate in social studies classrooms but also in science and English language arts. It is the ideal multicurricular topic. Beyond that, it is vital for our students to understand, as they prepare for their roles in the 21st century.