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Engaging Younger Audiences in Climate Change Education. A Bathtub Analogy.
Join us for an interactive session with Dr. Linda Booth Sweeney, a systems educator and author, as she shares innovative ways to educate children about climate change. With a recent poll indicating that 84% of parents believe children should learn about climate change, but only 45% have talked to their kids about it, this session is an opportunity to provide age-appropriate and impactful learning experiences.
While adults need age-appropriate ways to talk with children about climate change, children need opportunities to play, experiment and interact with meaningful content to learn and retain ideas. They also need analogies that “ stick” and provide them with a sense of agency.
In this session, you will learn how to use the analogy of a bathtub to help children understand the complexities of climate change and inspire action. You will explore the following learning outcomes:
- Understanding the basics of climate change dynamics through the THINK LIKE A BATHTUB video created for COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.
- Engaging students with an interactive, augmented reality THINK LIKE A BATHTUB app designed as a hands-on educational tool to demonstrate their understanding.
- Experimenting with experiential games from Linda’s book, The Climate Change Playbook.
- Accessing climate bathtub-related resources and journal articles to further educate yourself and your students.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance your skills and make a positive impact on future generations.
About the Speaker
Linda Booth Sweeney is a learning expert who specializes in complex systems. In her Systems Leadership Labs, Linda works to give leaders space to think differently, and to experiment with language, visuals, tools, and knowledge architecture that better mirrors the complexity they are navigating. Linda co-founded Toggle Labs, a metaverse education studio, in 2018 to offer people of all ages immersive, learn/do opportunities to work with complex systems and co-create healthier futures. She is co-author of The Systems Thinking Playbook, The Climate Change Playbook, and numerous other books and journal articles. Linda also has a passion for writing children’s books. Her next book, Apart Together, is a child’s first book of system thinking and will be published by Balzer & Bray in September 2023. For more on Linda’s work, see on systems visit lindaboothsweeney.net, and lindaboothsweeney.com for her work on children’s education.