New Climate Generation resources now available in Spanish!

All educators can be climate change leaders in their schools and communities. It is important that they have the necessary resources to teach about climate change impacts and solutions, and that they are able to support climate action with their students. Accessibility of instructional resources is fundamental to ensuring that everyone can participate in conversations about, and solutions to, climate change. We are happy to introduce two Climate Generation resources translated into Spanish to help more educators get started!

Black Women Radicals Confront the Red Scare

People’s history teachers are being attacked with Red Scare tactics — their names published on lists by right-wing publications, threats of firing, and physical intimidation.

That is why we invited historian Dayo Gore to share stories from history about how to fight back. Join us on Monday, January 23 to learn about Black women radicals active in the revolutionary struggle during the Red Scare. This session is part of our Teach the Black Freedom Struggle online people’s history series.

All sessions are free. ASL interpretation and PD certificates are provided.

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Amplify Your Practice for People and the Planet (YOU)

Amplify Your Practice for People and the Planet (YOU)

Join Sandy Sohcot and Ellen Sebastian Change of The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program to amplify the impact of your environmental education practice.

In this workshop, you’ll consider your educational objectives and the impact your programs have on people and the planet. You will engage in conversation about the fundamental purpose of environmental education and reflect on how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights connects with your practice and environmental education overall.

This 6-session workshop over a 14-week period invites you to clarify your educational objectives, work on your challenges, and collaborate with peers.

You will design and develop action plans to move your practice forward. Participants will work in a safe and private environment as each develops and tests their action plans.

  • Thursday, January 19, 2023 (10:00 – 11:30 AM, Pacific)
    • Session 1: Environmental Education & The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 
  • Thursday, January 26, 2023 (10:00 – 11:30 AM, Pacific)
    • Session 2: Your Practice and the UDHR
  • Thursday, February 2, 2023 (10:00 – 11:30 AM, Pacific)
    • Session 3: Your Educational Objectives and Constituents
  • Thursday, February 9, 2023 (10:00 – 11:30 AM, Pacific)
    • Session 4: Achieving Your Objectives – Strengths & Challenges
  • Thursday, February 16, 2023 (10:00 – 11:30 AM, Pacific)
    • Session 5: Strategies, Actions & Collaborative Connections
  • February 17 – April 12, 2023
    • Project Plan Development and Implementation
  • Thursday, April 13, 2023 (10:00 – 11:30 AM, Pacific)
    • Session 6: Your Project Two Months Later
  • April 14 – 21, 2023
    • Wrap Up

>> Learn more and register

Climate Loss and Damage at COP27 with J. Drake Hamilton

THIRD THURSDAY HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM
Date: Thursday, January 19th, 2023
Time: 7 pm-8:15 pm (Central Time – USA)
Where: Zoom (register at link below)
Cost: FREE and open to the public

Register in advance: https://www.globalsolutionsmn.org/upcomingevents   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Description: J. Drake Hamilton will describe the unexpected United Nations’ move forward in November 2022 on Climate Loss and Damage funding. She will describe the details that need to be set, and the next steps to further increase funding for mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, emphasizing the scale and pace of action needed.

Guest Speaker: J. Drake Hamilton

J. Drake Hamilton is Fresh Energy’s senior director of science policy. An expert in climate and energy policy at the state and national levels, her responsibilities include policy development of renewable energy solutions to global warming that will maximize economic opportunities. J. represents Fresh Energy at the UNFCCC climate summits. In November 2022 she showcased Minnesota’s nation-leading deep carbon reductions on the global stage at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Formerly she taught geography undergraduate and graduate courses at The George Washington University. J. earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota in physical geography with emphasis on climatology, energy and water resources. Hamilton serves on the Advisory Board of the Irving Institute for Energy and Society at Dartmouth College. She was named by Minneapolis-Saint Paul Magazine as one of 100 Minnesotans “who make things happen.”You can find this information, as well as all of our upcoming events, on our CGS-MN website: https://www.globalsolutionsmn.org/upcomingevents

If you missed one of our past events and wish to see the recording, all are available here: https://www.globalsolutionsmn.org/pastevents

Youth in Front: Professional Development Course

In this first self-paced, free professional development course—Youth in Front—you’ll learn the history of student-led activism and receive tools and actionable strategies for supporting student activism.

The course is divided into three units: Normalizing Student-led ActivismLegal and Practical Considerations and Preparing Ourselves and Colleagues to Support Student Activism. Each unit should take one to two weeks to complete. Once you complete the course, you’ll receive a certificate for 15 professional development hours.

The first 250 people to complete the course by February 20 will receive a free set of limited edition Youth in Front swag. Be sure to provide your shipping information when you sign up for the course to be eligible to receive the swag. 

Register for the course now—and help young people realize their power and support student activism.

D.C. Area Black Lives Matter at School Online Curriculum Fair

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Educators around the nation are invited to join the annual D.C. Area Black Lives Matter at School Curriculum Fair, hosted by Teaching for Change’s D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice (DCAESJ). This online event is open to all educators, with the purpose to prepare the community for the National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action and Year of Purpose.

Professional development credits will be available and ASL interpretation will be provided for selected sessions.

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The UN Human Rights Council Training Programme is open for applications!

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The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is now offering the fifth edition of the Human Rights Council Training Programme. This course will run online, in parallel with the official UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Gain in-depth knowledge and skills on human rights and the UN mechanisms utilized to promote and protect them, in this unique training programme. This knowledge can empower you to take on leadership roles in your field and promote respect for human rights across the world.The UN Human Rights Council Training Programme includes webinars and e-workshops delivered by UN experts, as well as virtual guided tours through the United Nation’s Palais des Nations and Geneva´s diplomatic district.In addition, participants will be able to experience the official Human Rights Council via live stream and attend selected sessions online, followed by a debrief with UN experts.

UNITAR will offer scholarship opportunities for a limited number of participants to attend the training free of charge.

Minneapolis City Council passes a resolution recognizing Human Rights Day and International Migrants Day in the city of Minneapolis

The Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution in support of Human Rights Day and upcoming 75th anniversary year of the Universal Declartion of Human Rights (on December 10) and International Migrants Day (on December 18). Kristi Rudelius-Palmer of HRE USA attended the event and shared copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.