Climate in the Classroom
Photo credit: UNH Extension.

Two years ago, at a school in New Hampshire, a crowd gathered to hear about climate change. But the speakers were not scientists, they were middle school students.

Stone: “It was just amazing to see so many people come because it was their kids, their grandkids, presenting and they all wanted to hear them.”

Amanda Stone of the University of New Hampshire Extension helped create the Climate in the Classroom program.

She says at the Extension’s prior climate change events, parents of school age children were often missing. So this program was designed to encourage kids to engage their families.

Stone: “Just getting those discussions going is huge, and getting those discussions going with their parents about a topic that they don’t normally discuss when they’re at home.”

Over a period of several weeks, students interviewed their families to see if they had noticed any climate impacts. They researched the causes of climate change and how local communities are adapting. Then, they created posters to present at the event.

Stone says the first program was such a success that they’ve repeated it at other schools, too.

Stone: “It was a really effective way to get this new audience out and listening to new information about climate change.”

Reporting credit: Rachel Gulbraa/ChavoBart Digital Media.

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