It is essential for all Rhode Islanders to have a general understanding of the influence climate and weather has on human society, and how human actions influence climate and weather patterns.
It is also important to understand local climate change effects and how Rhode Island fits into national and international climate change trends. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) describes people who are “climate literate” as those who:
Life on earth depends on, has been shaped by, and affects the climate. Climate varies over space and time through both natural and man-made processes.
Human activities are impacting the climate system. Changes in the climate will have consequences for the Earth and human lives. We know this through direct measurement and by using computer models.
Click here to see the climate literacy principles set forth by the US Global Change Research Program.
Click here to see a set of energy literacy principles developed by the US Department of Energy.
Teachers of all disciplines and all levels can add climate change education to their curricula. We have compiled a list of resources to help you find data, maps, tools, and reports with local as well as national information.
The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) has a number of modules that build on the climate literacy principles. These modules are tied to next generation science standards and use the overarching principle that humans can take actions to reduce climate change and its impacts.