Climate Literacy Project

What is Climate Literacy?

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), climate literacy means that you understand the influence of climate on yourself and society and your influence on climate. The Gonzaga Climate Literacy Project seeks to help teachers and students develop a foundational scientific understanding of the complex workings of our climate, what has caused it to change in the past, the most likely causes of its present changes, and the likely global, regional, and local impacts of a changing climate. Building on that scientific knowledge, the Climate Literacy Project also invite reflection on the larger cultural, economic, and ethical issues related to climate change and the challenge of engaging the topic. We encourage teachers and students to “make it local and keep it hopeful” and offer concrete pedagogies and lessons for doing so. More...

A climate-literate person:

  • understands the essential principles of all aspects of the Earth systems governing climate patterns and integral human interdependency with Earth systems;
  • knows how to gather information about climate and weather, and how to distinguish credible from non-credible scientific sources on the subject;
  • appreciates that, both within our community and around the world, people of color and the poor have least caused climate change but are disproportionately impacted by its effects and have fewer resources with which to adapt and respond;
  • recognizes the larger economic, social, cultural, political, and ethical contexts that are contributing to climate change and how they affect action to address the climate crisis.
Learn more about how to talk to young people about climate change.

Climate Literacy Fellows 

In partnership with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the legislature-funded ClimeTime program, the Gonzaga Climate Center has created the Climate Literacy Fellows program, which hires and trains Gonzaga undergraduates to deliver high-impact climate literacy activities in elementary school classrooms (grades 2-5).

Learn more about the Climate Literacy Fellows program and how you can invite the Fellows to your classroom.

Climate Literacy Project Workshops

For university professors

For secondary school teachers (grades 6-12)

Integrating Climate Literacy Into the Secondary Classroom

For elementary school teachers (grades K-5)

Integrating Climate Literacy Into the Elementary Classroom

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Teaching resources on climate, society, and the environment.

Spokane Climate Cup

This spring (2022), SPS high schools are invited to participate in the first annual Spokane Climate Cup, a single, district-wide competition between to see which school collectively can complete the most climate actions, reduce their footprint, get the most points, and win the traveling Climate Cup trophy!

Learn more about the Climate Cup and how you can participate.

Climate Literacy in Action 

Spokane Public Schools students wanted to do something about climate change. Specifically, they wanted to expand climate change education in their school district. The Student Advisory Council on Climate Change (SAC3) is doing just that - and much more. The Climate Center is supporting SAC3 by providing professional development workshops on climate literacy for K-12 teachers.


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The United States Environmental Protection Agency is a key partner in supporting our Climate Literacy Project through environmental education grants.

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ClimeTime is facilitated by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and funded by the WA State Legislature.

Climate Literacy Project 2021-2022


K-12 Students Annually Impacted


K-12 Teacher Participants


Professional Development Hours


School Districts Served