The Environmental and Climate Change Literacy Project and Summit (ECCLPS) brings together educators, faculty, and researchers across the University of California and California State University systems, as well as environmental advocates and policymakers, to advance PK–12 environmental and climate change literacy by focusing on the preparation of current and future teachers. ECCLPS is grounded in the idea that, now more than ever, climate change is an urgent issue that must be addressed and education must be part of the solution.
In December 2019, the ECCLPS summit took place. Held at the University of California, Los Angeles—and sponsored by the University of California, California State University, California Subject Matter Project, Strategic Energy Innovations, and Ten Strands—the event brought together more than 200 higher education leaders, PK–12 educators, researchers, policymakers, and others. Participants took part in presentations illuminating the urgent nature of the climate crisis, and the need for action and solutions. Panels explored strengthening teacher preparation and support to advance environmental and climate learning. Roundtables examined best practices, recommendations, and steps for implementation.
Panelists and presenters included:
- Bill Sandoval, professor of education, UCLA
- Briana Barcajal, climate activist and Sustainable LA Grand Challenge research fellow, UCLA ’21
- Cuauhtémoc Avila, superintendent, Rialto USD
- Darlene Tieu, teacher, Mann UCLA Community School
- Edmund G. Brown, Jr, governor (former), California
- Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, lieutenant governor, California
- Emily Carter, executive vice chancellor and provost, UCLA
- Enid Partika, environmental systems and environmental chemistry MS student, UC San Diego
- Eric Rignot, chancellor professor of earth system science, UCI
- Gene Block, chancellor, UCLA
- Lauren Faber O’Connor, chief sustainability officer, office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
- Janet Napolitano, president, UC
- Jill Grace, regional director for K–12 Alliance, WestEd
- Karen Cowe, chief executive officer, Ten Strands
- Kate Gordon, director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
- Kavita Gupta, AP chemistry teacher and curriculum lead, Fremont UHSD
- Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, dean, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
- Marcia McNutt, president, National Academy of Sciences
- Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, assistant vice chancellor, CSU
- Miztla Aguilera, Tongva/Gabrielino and Mexica native and Chicano and Latino studies BS student
- Peter Rivera, program officer, Hewlett Foundation
- Richard Arum, dean and professor, UCI School of Education
- Sofia Lepore, geography and planning BS student, CSU Chico
- Tim Swinehart, teacher, Portland Public Schools
- Timothy White, chancellor, CSU
- Vincent Del Casino, Jr, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, SJSU
- V. Ram Ramanathan, distinguished professor, UCSD
At the summit, a report was issued: Achieving Climate Stability and Environmental Sustainability: PK–12 Education as Part of the Solution for Bending the Curve. The report outlines innovative, practical, and scalable solutions to prepare and support current and future teachers to educate students about environmental issues and climate change. The report’s recommendations, developed by ECCLPS subcommittee members, align with and build on existing environmental and climate education initiatives and efforts and include:
- Integration of environmental and climate change literacy across all subjects.
- Establishment of an official California State Taskforce for the promotion of environmental and climate change literacy.
- Engagement of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to update learning opportunities for teachers in support of environmental and climate literacy.
- Expansion of access to earth science with an emphasis on climate for high school students.
Ten Strands work on ECCLPS is ongoing and we’ll be posting updates as the project evolves.
Read a blog about ECCLPS here.
Photo credit: Todd Cheney, UCLA