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Climate change is caused by the increased levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. These greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and nitrous oxide, and they act like a heat-trapping blanket around the earth. The more greenhouse gases, the thicker the blanket, the warmer the Earth gets.

Explore and understand the impact of our changing climate with these engaging activities.

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hands-on science
 
  • Wildlife, Climate Change, and You!

    Dive into Climate Change 101, what climate change will look like for Southern California natural and human communities, and what you can do to be apart of the solution!

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    15 minutes

  • ¡La Vida Silvestre, el Cambio Climático, y Tú!

    ¡La Vida Silvestre, el Cambio Climático, y Tú!
    Por Anna Lucia López-Avedoy (Profesora de Ciencias, Climate Kids - Mexico Program)

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    1 hour

  • Demostración de Manta de Atrapamiento de Calor

    Demostración de Manta de Atrapamiento de Calor
    Por Anna Lucia López-Avedoy (Profesora de Ciencias, Climate Kids - Mexico Program)

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    2 minutes

  • Climate Change in San Diego's Local Environment

    These lessons in schoolyards and on field trips are written for Middle School teachers and students in the San Diego region.

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  • Understanding the Carbon Cycle

    Overview of the carbon cycle.

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    9 minutes

  • Climate Change 101

    Climate Change is a real and serious issue. In this video Bill Nye, the Science Guy, explains what causes climate change, how it affects our planet, why we need to act promptly to mitigate its effects, and how each of us can contribute to a solution.

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    4 minutes

  • How Carbon Dioxide Warms Planet Earth

    Carbon dioxide acts like a heat-trapping blanket, warming our planet in a phenomenon known as the greenhouse effect.

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    3 minutes

  • Count Your Carbon

    San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Education Manager Ana Lutz-Johnson celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a Facebook Live conversation on calculating carbon footprints.

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    30 minutes

  • Cambio Climático

    ¿Qué es el cambio climático? Esta presentación da una introducción al fenómeno, sus causas y los impactos que tiene en nuestra Tierra.

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    11 minutes

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art activities
 
  • Creating a Nature Collage

    This project is a great way to observe the changes in plants throughout the year, as well as be more accustomed to the plants that grow in your area.

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    3 minutes

  • Making Climate Hope Vision Boards

    In the work that we do to protect the planet, it's important to reflect on what Climate Hope means to each of us as individuals. Moreover, taking time to envision the world we are working towards can help in the goals we set and the actions we take to get there.

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    26 minutes

  • Creating Recycled Nature Journals

    In the spring of 2017, Climate Kids created nature journals on their field trip to Cabrillo National Monument. Get inspired with this amazing up-cycle art activity!

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    1 minute

  • Creating Natural Watercolors

    Traditional paints, such as acrylic paint, are often more harmful to the environment than we realize. Learn how you can utilize natural materials in your neighborhood to create your own watercolors and inks!

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    7 minutes

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storytelling
 
  • Earthlings and Other Insights

    A series of poems written by Emily Clarke, a Cahuilla Native American writer, activist, photographer, Zine artist, and Traditional Bird Dancer.

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  • My Friend Earth

    Storytime! Join Ms. Rosie around as we close Earth Month 2020 with a reading of My Friend Earth, written by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Francesca Sanna.

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    8 minutes

  • The Wump World

    The Pollutians invade the Wump World and turn the green meadows into a concrete jungle.

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    16 minutes

  • Buried Sunlight

    What are fossil fuels, and how did they come to exist? This engaging, stunning book explains how coal, oil, and gas are really "buried sunlight," trapped beneath the surface of our planet for millions and millions of years.

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    10 minutes

  • Weather vs. Climate

    We have weather and we have climate… but are they the same thing? The short answer is no, but they are both incredibly important to how the geosphere is shaped. Crash Course dives into the differences between weather and climate.

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    5 minutes

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additional resources
 
Climate Kids Traveling
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Climate Kids Traveling Trunks provide all the resources you need - background information, lesson plans, powerpoints, activities, and materials - to teach climate science in the classroom. 

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Essentials for Engaging in Climate Science Learning Virtually

Teaching climate science virtually? Check out these essentials for engagement in an online environment with our partners at the NSF CAICE.

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Video

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18 minutes

General Climate Kids
Resources

Check out the educational materials, coloring books, and fun activities that cover numerous subject topics!

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partner resources
Cal-Adapt
Climate Generation
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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The Climate Science Alliance Team acknowledges the Indigenous peoples on whose traditional territory we work. We honor the continued presence and resilience of Indigenous communities and nations today, and thank those we work with for your friendship and your good will in our efforts to collaborate.

 

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