Climate change is shaping up to be a global crisis that will affect the lives of generations to come. Education is therefore a vital part of any plan to mitigate and adapt to the challenges of a changing climate, yet it is often overlooked. Unfortunately, there are substantial obstacles to climate change education. In “Climate Change Education as a Humanist Concern,” two experts on climate change education, Glenn Branch and Jason Wiles, will briefly discuss these obstacles and urge humanists in particular to help to overcome them.
Glenn Branch is the Deputy Director of the National Center for Science Education. He contributed “More Light Than Heat: The Importance of Education in Coping with Climate Change” to the Spring 2023 issue of The Humanist and will be speaking on climate change education at the AHA’s 82nd Annual Conference in May 2023.
Jason Wiles is Associate Professor of Biology at Syracuse University, where he conducts research on science education, with a focus on student acceptance and understanding of climate change. A member of AHA’s board of directors since 2020, he is also endorsed as a Humanist Celebrant and Chaplain by The Humanist Society.