[ESIP-all] CLEAN Network to discuss the White House - A Call to Action to Advance Climate Education and Literacy - Tuesday Oct 28th 1pm ET

Tamara Ledley via ESIP-all esip-all at lists.esipfed.org
Fri Oct 24 12:02:48 EDT 2014

During the CLEAN Network's Oct 28th teleconference we will discuss and 
gather input for the While House "A Call to Action to Advance Climate 
Education and Literacy" post. 

Dr. Laura Petes, Senior Policy Advisor for Climate Adaptation and 
Ecosystems in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, will 
participate at the beginning of the call to clarify what they are looking 
for and answer any questions.

Just to get you thinking, in talking to Dr. Petes I have found out that 
they are more interested in activities that might be leveraged and 
expanded to greater impact, and activities or visions of what might be 
done to enhance climate education and literacy, rather than just what is 
going on now.  

The text of the "Call to Action" is below and can be found on the CLEAN 
Network teleconference page at 

I will post more information as it is available, and will send out a 
reminder and call in numbers on Tuesday morning to the email lists that 
this is going to.  You are welcome to share this with other, but remember 
to forward on the phone in information to them also on Tuesday.

I am looking forward to the discussion.


Tamara Shapiro Ledley, PhD
Senior Scientist, TERC
2067 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
phone: 617-873-9658; fax: 617-349-3535

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Hubbard, Sarah (Intern) <Sarah_M_Hubbard at ostp.eop.gov>
Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Subject: A Call to Action to Advance Climate Education and Literacy
To: "Hubbard, Sarah (Intern)" <Sarah_M_Hubbard at ostp.eop.gov>
Cc: "Jencks, Fae" <Fae_M_Jencks at ostp.eop.gov>, "Petes, Laura" <
Laura_E_Petes at ostp.eop.gov>

Friends and Colleagues, 
We at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy would like 
to share “A Call to Action to Advance Climate Education and Literacy,” 
which was announced today through an OSTP blog post (located here and 
copied below). 
We would love to hear from you about the work that you are doing in this 
area and we encourage you to share this post with your colleagues and 
networks.  The input that you, your organization, and your networks 
provide will be valuable as we move forward in lifting America’s game in 
climate education. 
Thank you, 
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy 

A Call to Action to Advance Climate Education and Literacy 
Posted by Laura Petes and Sarah Hubbard on October 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM 
America’s students need access to the latest information, knowledge, and 
skills in order to be prepared for the jobs of the future. This means 
continually ensuring that citizens of all ages have a solid grounding in 
science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills that serve as a 
basis for discovery, invention, and innovation. 
Climate education and literacy are a critical part of this STEM skillset 
and are particularly important for building a 21st-century workforce, 
where tomorrow’s community leaders, city planners, and entrepreneurs have 
the information, knowledge, and training to make sound decisions and grow 
businesses in the context of a changing climate. 
Much work is already being done inside and outside of government to 
increase science-based understanding and awareness of current and future 
climate change – through efforts like the Climate Literacy and Energy 
Awareness Network (CLEAN), climate education projects supported by NOAA, 
NSF, NASA, and other Federal agencies, and community-based programs to 
make schools, campuses, and businesses more climate-smart. Leaders are 
enhancing climate literacy in K-12 classrooms, on college and university 
campuses, and in parks and museums across the country. But still, there is 
more to do. 
That’s why, over the past few months, the White House Office of Science 
and Technology Policy (OSTP) has been exploring opportunities at the 
intersection of two key priorities of the Obama Administration: lifting 
America’s game in STEM education, and combating climate change. 
Climate education requires an “all-hands-on-deck” approach, involving not 
just the Federal Government but also the private sector, philanthropists, 
schools, colleges and universities, professional societies, 
non-governmental organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments. 
And so – OSTP wants to hear from YOU about potential commitments, 
activities, and announcements underway or in development at your 
organizations that support the goal of lifting America’s game in climate 
education. These may include: 
Programs and projects to integrate best-available climate science into 
classrooms and visitor experiences; 
Tools and resources to connect students, educators, and visitors to 
climate information; 
Internships, fellowships, or other hands-on learning opportunities for 
students of all ages; 
Events and activities that engage students and educators in local climate 
Training opportunities for educators, interpreters, and volunteers; 
Communities of practice for sharing best practices and lessons learned; 
Well-designed incentive prizes; and more.
Do the activities of your school, institution, organization, or company 
align with the call to action to enhance climate education and literacy? 
Send your ideas, commitments, summaries of your work in this area, or even 
photos of you, your students, and colleagues working to enhance climate 
literacy to ClimateEd at ostp.gov by November 7.  
Your input is critical to building an educated, next-generation American 
workforce that grasps the climate-change challenge and is equipped to seek 
and implement solutions.  
Laura Petes is the Senior Policy Advisor for Climate Adaptation and 
Ecosystems at OSTP 
Sarah Hubbard is an OSTP Intern in the Energy & Environment and Science 

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