We are still ETCCC but we are changing our name from English Teachers Concerned about Climate Change to English Teachers Concerned about Climate CRISIS! Just as The Guardian newspaper has updated its style guide,
Instead of “climate change” the preferred terms are “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” and “global heating” is favoured over “global warming”, although the original terms are not banned.
“We want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue,” said the editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner. “The phrase ‘climate change’, for example, sounds rather passive and gentle when what scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity.” May 19, 2019
Our blog fosters a growing community of teachers in different disciplines elementary through college who are teaching, learning, and taking action to address the climate emergency.
We publish posts that tell classroom stories, provide ideas and resources, and inspire teachers and students to richly understand, educate others, and confront the greatest crisis human beings have ever faced.
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Climate change is not just a scientific problem. Global warming has profound social, cultural, historical and political causes and impacts. Students and their communities are best able to work toward sustainability and climate justice when have inquired into the global warming’s human impacts, its social complexity, and its uneven and unfair consequences. ETCCC will demonstrate that literature, documentary and dramatic film, essays, non-fiction, creative and persuasive writing, mass media and social media analysis and production, drama, games, and interdisciplinary inquiry are all vital to understanding climate change.
We began this blog in 2017 as Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents: Reading, Writing, and Making a Difference was co-published by Routledge and the National Council of Teachers of English. Drawing on examples from dozens of middle school, high school, and college English classrooms, this book shows students using the language arts to ask important questions and make a difference. The website supporting this book is rich with resource links, activities, and further readings.
Rick Beach and Allen Webb also address why teach climate change in English at the NCTE & Literacy blog (Part I and Part II).