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ME Students Benefit from New Climate Change-Related Education Tool

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023   

Educators in Maine will have a new online resource this school year to help them teach what they say is one of the most challenging subjects: climate change. The Maine Climate Hub offers free, scientist-and teacher-vetted lessons for students Pre-K through twelve, which teachers can integrate into standard courses such as math, social studies, and even art.

Olivia Griset, Maine Environmental Education Association Executive Director, said the lessons are Maine-centric and will help those students already witnessing changes to their environment.

"I think when youth feel that they can do something and have efficacy around a really intimidating problem, it can bring a lot of hope," Griset said.

Griset added lessons for younger students might be play-based while older students in Maine can begin working on climate solutions.

Maine's Department of Education calls for every Maine child to have access to high-quality, locally-relevant and age-appropriate climate education as part of it's Environmental Literacy Plan. The Maine Climate Hub aims to do just that, Griset said.

"For those goals to actually come into reality all of the people who are growing up in Maine now need to learn about these concepts so that we can become informed decision-makers as you grow up," she continued.

Griset said previous teacher surveys revealed they were lacking in climate change-related resources for the classroom. The Maine Climate Hub is optional for teachers and mirrors the first state-specific climate hub launched in New Jersey last year.


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