Climate Justice Workshops

The Zinn Education Project offers a suite of Teach Climate Justice workshops, tailored to the needs of the audience. All of our workshops are participatory and demonstrate exemplary teaching activities. 

These are opportunities for educators in a school, district, or region to gather and collaborate on how to teach students about the most pressing global emergency of our era.

Shorter hour-long, 90-minute, part-day, or full-day workshops are available. The workshop demonstrates key lessons from A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis, and features a number of climate justice role plays, mixers, and imaginative writing activities, led by Teach Climate Justice contributors to the Zinn Education Project.

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Webinar: Understanding the ILO’s Violence and Harassment Convention


When: Friday, August 16, 2019
Where: Online Webinar 
Time:  11:00 AM PT / 2:00PM ET
Cost: Free and open to the public

This Friday, join Dr. Rosalee Gonzalez, Executive Director of the US Human for a webinar entitled, “A World of Work Without Violence: Understanding the New ILO Convention the Context of the United States.? The webinar will consist of a facilitated discussion with labor rights leaders on the International Labour Organization’s groundbreaking new convention to end violence at work. Panelists include:

  • Magalí Brosio & Anya Victoria Delgado, Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL)
  • Cassandra Waters, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  • Sulma Guzmán, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante Inc.
  • Cecilia Leiva & Roushaunda Williams, Unite Here!

Planning to Change the World

Planning to Change the World is a plan book for educators who believe their students can, will, and do change the world. It is designed to help teachers translate their vision of a just education into concrete classroom activities. 

The newest edition has all the things you would expect in a lesson plan book, plus:

  • Weekly planning pages packed with important social justice birthdays and historical events 
  • References to online lesson plans and resources related to those dates
  • Tips from social justice teachers across the country
  • Inspirational quotes to share with students
  • Thought-provoking essential questions to spark classroom discussions on critical issues
  • Reproducible social justice awards for students

Planning to Change the World is created by the Education for Liberation Network with the support of Rethinking Schools. Proceeds from the sale of the plan book support the work of these two organizations.

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New Book: Fully Human – Personhood, Citizenship, and Rights

Lindsey N. Kingston’s new book, Fully Human: Personhood, Citizenship, and Rights (Oxford University Press, 2019) interrogates the idea of citizenship itself, what it means, how it works, how it is applied and understood, and where there are clear gaps in that application. This is a wide-ranging, rigorously researched examination of citizenship, statelessness, and human movement. And it is vitally relevant to contemporary discussions of immigration, supranationalism, understandings of national borders, and concepts of belonging. Not only does Kingston delve into theoretical concepts of citizenship and statelessness, she also integrates analyses of various kinds of hierarchies of personhood in context of these broader issues. The research also includes explorations of nomadic people, indigenous nations, and “second class” citizens in the United States within this theoretical framework of citizenship and statelessness. This careful and broad analysis defines the novel idea of ‘functional citizenship’, which is both theoretical and practical in considering citizenship and statelessness in our modern world. Fully Human focuses on the promises and protections that are outlined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, unpacking the protection gaps and difficulties that have become clearer and more acute in this era of globalization and security concerns, and highlighting some of the key problems with the current human rights regimes that are in place.

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Summer Institute for Climate Change Education


When: August 5 – 8, 2019
Time: 9 AM – 4 PM
Where: Washington, DC
Cost: $150 (scholarships available)
20 Hours of Continuing Education
2 Graduate Credits (optional)

Join educators from across the country at Climate Generation’s 14th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education. The Institute will focus on the grades 6-12 teachers in social studies, ELA, political science and environmental studies subjects. Increase your confidence and competence in teaching climate change in your classroom.  Highlights include:

  • Keynote Speaker — John Cook, Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, and founder of Skeptical Science
  • New resources — including Climate Generation humanities curriculum and book guides
  • Participate in the World Climate Simulation
  • Field trip around Washington D.C. featuring sites in their climate action plan
  • Climate Change Trivia: Denizens Brewing on August 6! Join us for a fun night of trivia, prizes, and great beer

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UPR Webinar – All about stakeholder reporting


When: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Where: Online Webinar 
Time:  11:00AM PT / 2:00PM ET
Cost: Free and open to the public

Join the U.S. Human Rights Network (USHRN) for their third Webinar Wednesday to answer the questions:

“How can the United Nations system help me
bring justice to my community in the United States?”
“What is a stakeholder report and how do I write one?”

USHRN partners and independent experts Sam Brinton (The Trevor Project) and Sakira Cook (The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights), will provide for an in depth look at stakeholder reporting for the Universal Periodic Review of the United States.

Sam Brinton is one of the world’s leading advocates for LGBTQ youth. They currently serve as the Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth. They are the founder of the 50 Bill 50 States campaign at The Trevor Project to end the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, first in the United States and then around the globe. 

Sakira Cook is director of the justice reform program of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. The Leadership Conference is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The justice reform program works to advance transformative policy solutions that eliminate structural inequity, racism, and injustice at every stage of the justice system – from policing and pretrial justice, to sentencing and incarceration, to reentry. 

This webinar is the third in a series of seven webinars from July through October on the Universal Periodic Review. Each webinar will become gradually more specific and technical, aimed at assisting NGOs and activists with drafting their own stakeholder reports for the upcoming Universal Periodic Review of the United States. Learn more at

If you are not a USHRN member and would like to participate in next week’s webinar, please learn about membership and become a member here. If you have any questions regarding your membership status, please contact Membership Director Sandra Solis:

If you have any questions regarding the Webinar Wednesdays series or the Universal Periodic Review, please contact USHRN Deputy Director Salimah Hankins:

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