Communicating Climate Change to Students

An expert explains climate science to non-specialists

Climate science is challenging, both for educators to teach and for students to learn. And the topic of climate change in particular poses distinctive pedagogical challenges:

  • Students may have misconceptions about the climate system in general and the human impact on it in particular
  • Students, their parents, and members of the community may have been influenced by doubt or denial about climate science
  • Students may be indifferent to or disheartened by the prospect of climate change

To teach climate science and climate change effectively, it is necessary for educators to prepare to meet these challenges.

The links in Resources for Teaching and Learning about Climate Change provide more information especially useful for educators. Or continue to the next section, and find out how to go about countering climate confusion in the classroom.