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How is the Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to Climate Change different from other climate change resources?

TFG Climate Change is written for teachers who could benefit from a “teacher-friendly” resource that includes both the basics of climate change science and perspectives on teaching a subject that has become socially and politically polarized.  Our audience is high school Earth science and environmental science teachers, and the guide is written to provide the information and graphics that a secondary school teacher needs in the classroom.  The book also speaks to a wider audience, including educators of other grade levels, subjects, and contexts, as well as non-teachers who find the approach helpful.  Climate change is a scientific issue, but it is also a historical, social, psychological, and economic issue that can only be deeply understood through mathematics, language and art.

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Cornell University students measure the growth of forest outplants during an environmental science field course. These trees were planted to sequester the CO2 emissions generated by travel to and work in the field site. For more information on climate change mitigation, see Chapter 7 of the TFG Climate Change.

Who wrote the Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to Climate Change?

TFG Climate Change is funded by the National Science Foundation, and published by the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) in Ithaca, New York.  Founded in 1932, the Paleontological Research Institution has outstanding programs in research, collections, publications, and public education. The Institution cares for a collection of nearly three million specimens (one of the 10 largest in the U.S.), and publishes Bulletins of American Paleontology, the oldest paleontological journal in the Western Hemisphere, begun in 1895. PRI is a national leader in the development of informal (i.e., outside the classroom) Earth science education resources for educators and the general public.

TFG Climate Change is the latest book in a series of Teacher-Friendly Guides™ published by the Paleontological Research Institution, and written by expert scientists and educators in their respective fields. Access all the previous Teacher-Friendly Guides™ on the PRI website at teacherfriendlyguide.org.

Our Mission: The Paleontological Research Institution serves society by increasing and disseminating knowledge about the history of life on Earth.

How do I get this book into the hands of my favorite teacher?

Teach Climate Science is a fundraiser designed to distribute TFG Climate Change nationwide.  Anyone can access the PDF version of the book available on the PRI website and each chapter available as a PDF in the Chapters section of this site.  We believe that physical books have greater impact, thus we are working to send a digital and print copies of the book to every public high school in the country.  Do you know a special science teacher who deserves acknowledgement?  You can designate an individual teacher when you make a contribution and we will send a copy directly to that teacher on your behalf.  Send an email to moore@priweb.org when you donate to our fundraiser; include the name of your science teacher, their school, and the state where the school is located.  We will let your teacher know that you are thanking them for inspiring science students – or we can include your own inscription!

Book Reviews!

“This Teacher-Friendly guide does what it sets out to do – to provide teachers with the background for an effective discussion of climate change with their classes. And it does it very well, in a balanced, even-handed way. The necessary material is there, with all terms that might be seen as technical clearly explained in the margins, and with excellent, well-designed illustrations that are not glitzy but informative. The maps and charts are especially good, but some will need to be looked at in the web version. I found especially well done the Chapter on Climate Change through Earth History (excellent marginal charts reminding the reader of what geological period one is in), and the ones on US Regional Climates, Geoengineering (risks given their place) and Climate Change Remediation.
Not just for teachers, I would say — this is a readable factual introduction to the evidence for climate change, and the issues in dealing with it, for the general reader as well.”

– Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University

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