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Teaching the Science and History of Global Warming
Workshop for K-12 science and social sciences educators
Organized by the Department of History and the Center for Global Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Saturday, February 20, 2010
9:00am – 3:00pm
College of Education Bldg, Room 2
1310 S. Sixth St., Champaign, IL 61820
“Climate change, or global warming as it is often called, is one of the most important issues
facing humanity.”*
“One thing is clear, the future climate impacts on our society depend greatly on the choices
we make today about our energy future.”*
When you read statements like those above, do you feel you have a good understanding of the scientific
and policy issues connected to climate change? Can you confidently address the issues that are debated in
the media, the public sphere and corporate boardrooms in your classroom?
This workshop for science and social science educators will include two authoritative and accessible
morning sessions that review the science and history of global climate change, the probable impacts of
climate change for U.S. communities, teaching pitfalls, and the importance of taking on the challenge of
teaching about global climate change. Facilitated small group discussions with experienced educators will
offer practical approaches to presenting the subject in K-12 classrooms.
Registration: To register, please complete the online registration form:
Please arrive before 9:00am to register to receive CPDUs. For more information, please contact Karen
Hewitt, Outreach Coordinator, Center for Global Studies: 217-244-0288, [email protected]
Confronting Human-Driven Global Climate Change, by Donald Wuebbles, Harry E. Preble
Endowed Professor of Atmospheric Science. Wuebbles, a scientist and a lead author on national and
international assessments of climate change, will discuss the basis for adaptation and mitigation policies,
including the need for emissions reductions, and what that implies about energy and transportation
policies for our country.
Is It Getting Hot in Here?: The History of Global Warming, by Lillian Hoddeson, Professor
of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hoddeson, a historian of science, will provide an
overview of the historical evolution of the global climate change issue and current controversies.