Climate Change Education: Reimagining the Future with Alternative Forms of Storytelling offers innovative approaches to teaching about climate change through storytelling forms that appeal to today’s students—climate fiction and protest poetry, fiction and documentary films, video games and social media. The stories are used as exemplars, from exploring space debris to urban design planning to fast fashion, and they provide entry points for investigating particular aspects of climate science, including the local and global impacts of a warming planet. Each chapter provides analyses and strategies for fostering climate (and space) literacy through knowledge, empathy, and agency. Contributors from around the world encourage educators to answer students’ calls for comprehensive K–12 climate education by aligning pedagogy with real-world challenges in order to prepare students who understand the myriad injustices of the climate crisis and feel empowered to confront them. They share their own stories and urge educators to join the growing, hopeful movement for action, classroom by classroom.
Rebecca L. Young serves as a content manager for the nonprofit education organization Cognia and as an advisor for the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme in Language and Literature eAssessment.
Chapter 1: Reading the Youth Climate Movement: Social Media, Literary Creation, and Allyship
Chapter 2: “But, What Difference Can I Make?”: Using Documentaries to Explore Environmental Advocacy in the Face of Climate Change
Carley Peterson Durden and Jared Durden
Chapter 3: Educating Space-Age Environmentalists at the Elementary Level
Beverly B. Bachelder and Robert S. Bachelder
Chapter 4: Teaching Environmental Respect to Young Learners: Video Games as Environmental Texts
Chapter 5: A City for the Future: Designing Socially Just, Sustainable Urban Environments with Elementary Students
Chapter 6: Fostering Environmentalism and Activism in Students: Plastic Pollution as a Starting Point
Karen Ball and Elke DeVries
Chapter 7: Ecohorror, Terrorism, and Inadequate Representation of Global Warming in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening
Chapter 8: The Global Impact of Fast Fashion: Understanding Sustainability and Social Justice Issues
Helen Liu and Alyssa Racco
Chapter 9: Making the Material Turn: A Pedagogical Approach on Postcolonial, Social, and Ecological Issues in Amitav Ghosh and Arundhati Roy’s Essays and Fiction
Chapter 10: Creating Authentic Learning Experiences: Interdisciplinary Climate Change Instruction and Assessment
Mary-Alice Corliss and Rebecca L. Young
About the Contributors
"I am overjoyed and grateful that this book exists. Hope is the animating force behind Climate Change Education: Reimagining the Future with Alternative Forms of Storytelling. This rich, vital collection shares creative approaches to developing critical climate literacy and is especially laudable for highlighting the activism and voices of young people. Climate Change Education offers various pathways for educators and students who wish to work toward a healthy, just world where all life can thrive."