Communicating and Learning About Global Climate Change: An Abbreviated Guide for Teaching Climate Change This guide from AAAS Project 2061 lists the relevant ideas and skills that are central to understanding the science of climate change, the process of scientific inquiry, and the trade-offs and constraints implicit in making choices about technology. For each of these topics, the guide maps out what students should be learning in kindergarten through 12th grade and describes what a science literate adult should know and be able to do.
The Case for Climate Literacy in the 21st Century
Increased accessibility of the Internet and evolutionary advances in geospatial data browsers, virtual globes, and immersive visualization displays have significantly increased the potential for a more climate science literate public. This paper reviews current research about the public's awareness, understanding, and opinions about climate.
Revolutionizing Earth System Science Education for the 21st Century
Report and Recommendations from a 50-State Analysis of Earth Science Education conducted by TERC for NOAA. Published June, 2007.
Environmental Literacy in America
This 2005 paper concludes that Americans are widely illiterate about environmental issues, especially more complex topics such as energy and climate. The report, published by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), is based on more than ten years of NEEF/Roper research and related studies on environmental literacy in the US.
Atlas of Science Literacy: Mapping K—12 Science Learning
The Atlas of Science Literacy is a two-volume collection of conceptual strand maps and commentary that show how students' understanding of the ideas and skills that lead to literacy in science, mathematics, and technology might develop from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Spreadsheet of selected AAAS Project 2061 Benchmarks relating to weather, climate, and atmospheric science, prepared October 2007.
Other Literacy Initiatives
The Ocean Literacy brochure provides a defintion of ocean literacy, the seven essential principles for understanding the world's ocean, and a matrix mapping the National Science Education Standards to the essential principles and key concepts of ocean literacy.
The Atmospheric Sciences Literacy brochure provides decision makers with information to more effectively shape the nation's priorities and strategies for science education.
The Earth Science Literacy Initiative (ESLI), funded by the National Science Foundation, represents efforts to gather and codify the underlying understandings of the Earth sciences into a succinct document that would have broad-reaching applications in both public and private arenas.