Enacting Climate Resources

OER and Creative Commons Resources

Appropedia: Sustainability Wiki

This site features thousands of projects focused on developing and sharing sustainability solutions. This website is an open educational resource.

Environmental and Energy Study Institute (CC BY)

“The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a nonprofit dedicated to sharing information about energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable solutions. We highlight the need to take action against climate change, and emphasize that economic growth and environmental conservation can go hand-in-hand.

We encourage you to share, re-use and repackage our articles, fact sheets, issue briefs, newsletters, and other information—provided the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is clearly acknowledged as the source and provided you do not imply EESI’s endorsement of your work.”

Some key pages:

Kids Fight Climate Change (CC BY-NC)

“Kids Fight Climate Change has a unique goal: for youth to teach youth about the climate crisis. We know that climate education can be difficult and limiting. Often resources assume that you know something about climate change already, or don’t provide all the information. As learners ourselves, we know that there’s no resource that combines everything you need to know about climate change into one accessible source. Our goal is to remedy that.  

At Kids Fight Climate Change, we create educational content with no assumptions. We want students of all academic backgrounds to be able to learn about climate change, starting from every level of knowledge. Furthermore, we create content that is accessible. Our world is too divided by system inequalities which are often rooted in educational disparity. Kids Fight Climate Change attempts to mitigate that in our climate change education.”

Some key tools:

“Five Ways to Talk to Kids About Climate Change” (CC BY-NC)

This article on OpenDemocracy helps adults approach climate change conversations with kids.

Artists for Climate/ The Climate Collection (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

This website features a collection of open-license illustrations related to climate change and the environment.

All artworks published on The Greats can be used for free under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.

Children and Climate Change  (CC BY-ND)

This publication by The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and The Brookings Institution looks at the impacts of climate change on young people around the world.

Environmental Science Bites (CC BY-NC)

“This book was written by undergraduate students at The Ohio State University (OSU) who were enrolled in the class Introduction to Environmental Science. The chapters describe some of Earth’s major environmental challenges and discuss ways that humans are using cutting-edge science and engineering to provide sustainable solutions to these problems.”

Environmental Science Bites Vol. 2 (CC BY-NC)

This is the second volume of the book from the students at The Ohio State University.

What Works in Conservation (CC BY 4.0)

“This book provides an assessment of the effectiveness of 2526 conservation interventions based on summarized scientific evidence…The accompanying website describes each of the studies individually, and provides full references.”

Introduction to Climate Science (CC BY-NC)

“This book describes how Earth’s climate is changing, how it has been changing in the recent geological past and how it may change in the future. It covers the physical sciences that build the foundations of our current understanding of global climate change such as radiation, Earth’s energy balance, the greenhouse effect and the carbon cycle. Both natural and human causes for climate change are discussed. Impacts of climate change on natural and human systems are summarized. Ethical and economical aspects of human-caused climate change and solutions are presented.”

Additional Resources

Resource for Kids:

A Climate Change Guide for Kids from The New York Times

This beautifully illustrated, interactive guide explains some fundamental aspects of climate change—and the actions we can take to address it.

American Museum of Natural History Ology Site for Kids

This fun website includes games, stories, and activities to help kids learn about climate change and take action.

NASA Climate Kids

This kid-friendly website helps children understand the big questions around climate change, and it includes games and activities for hands-on learning.

Resources for Grown-Ups and Communities:

NRDC Greenhouse Effect 101

This informative website from the Natural Resources Defense Council provides an in-depth look at the science of the greenhouse effect.

NASA Causes of Climate Change

This website from NASA provides scientific information about the evidence, causes, and effects of climate change, as well as a look at mitigation and adaptation solutions.

The Story of Stuff

Created after the success of the documentary The Story of Stuff, this organization focuses on world-wide community engagement and action.

An Open-Access Journal of Place, featuring poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and interviews.

Free E-Books about Environmental Studies

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has put together this list of free books about the environment and environmental studies. These books are available as PDFs and are free to download.