Climate Science Literacy is an understanding of the fundamental relationship between human influence on climate and the role climate plays in human health. A climate-literate person knows how climate science informs decisions that can improve our quality of life. They have a basic understanding of the natural and human-caused factors that affect the climate system. They recognize how climate observations and records contribute to scientific knowledge about climate. They have the ability to assess the validity of scientific arguments about climate and to use that information to support their decisions.
Our 2017 climate change project, Leave it to Beavers, provides curriculum lessons and resources about the impacts of climate change on ecosystems, beavers’ historical relevance in southeast Michigan, and how beavers help engineer natural processes in wetland ecosystems.