Climate Strong! builds the capacity of teachers, informal educators, and youth to take action for building community climate resiliency within the Ojibwe Ceded Territory (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan). Climate Strong! training opportunities include:
- Educator Professional Development Institutes
- Youth climate “camps”
- Community climate leadership events
Climate Strong! applies the G-WOW climate literacy model and integrates Ojibwe traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), culture, language, and leadership teachings with scientific ecological knowledge (SEK) to promote climate action.
For more information about Climate Strong! contact Cathy Techtmann at firstname.lastname@example.org
This Climate Strong! Initiative is a partnership with the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, 1854 Treaty Authority, and Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, with funding through a NOAA Climate Resiliency Grant.
Given the rapidly changing situation with the COVID-19 virus outbreak and its impact on educators, we have cancelled the person 2020 Climate Strong! Institute, July 6-10 at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Instead we are creating an online Climate Strong! Institute professional development field course. The online course will feature interactive training modules to build climate leadership that integrates Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Scientific Ecological Knowledge. Please check back for updates. The 2021 Climate Strong! Institute is scheduled to be held next summer in a Michigan tribal community.
Climate Strong! Institutes are designed to increase climate change knowledge and leadership competencies in formal and informal educators to:
- Weave traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of the Lake Superior Ojibwe and place-based evidence in your community, with scientific ecological knowledge (SEK) to investigate climate change with students
- Build leadership skills, personally and in students, that integrate Ojibwe and western leadership teachings
- Engage students in culturally relevant climate leadership outreach and community-based action
Climate Strong! Institutes feature classroom sessions, field tours, and hands on demonstrations of activities and tools that educators can apply to build youth climate leadership and community resiliency. These were powerful, place-based learning experiences supported by take home resources and after Institute support. Attendance is FREE with stipend support to offset attendance costs. Participants receive tools, resources, and follow up support for community based climate outreach including: mini-grants to support student led community climate resiliency projects and funding to attend a Climate Strong! Camp with a student(s) from your community. Join a growing network of teachers and educators who are engaging youth in culturally relevant climate leadership!
2019 Climate Strong! Institute, July 8-12 2019
Our first Climate Strong! Institute was attended by 25 teachers, “informal”, and community educators serving youth audiences, especially tribal youth and tribal communities from the Great Lakes region, including Canada! Field sites included the the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, WI and neighboring tribal communities of Bad River and Red Cliff. See what we learned at our 2019 Climate Strong Institute Agenda
The 2019 Climate Strong! Institute receives positive participant feedback. Check out feedback we received 2019 Climate Strong! Institute Evaluation Results
Climate Strong! youth climate camps are planned for 2020. More information will be posted here when available.