Collaborating with Existing Networks

There are many different networks involved in fostering learning to accelerate just climate action. I have been working with some of these over the years, as described below; however, I hope to expand my connections to other networks going forward in efforts to foster broader ACE efforts at all scales. I have named some of those other networks at the end of this section.

CLEAN is an award-winning NSF, NOAA, Department of Energy-funded resource for educators for vetted, science based educational materials. Through my ongoing collaboration with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), I have been involved with the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) in several ways including: participating in the CLEAN review process, as a CLEAN advisory board member, and as a presenter to educational leader and educator audiences.


Professional Learning

  • Ebert, E., Schmitz, E., Morrison, D., & Bell, P. (2020). Climate justice: Washington’s ClimeTime initiative efforts to center equity in science education. Presentation to the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) on July 7, 2020, virtually on the networks’ Teleconference calls.

  • Poppleton, K., Kirkland, L., Bhattacharya, D., Pyle, E., Ebert, E., Morrison, D., & Abshire, W. (2020). Building the national strategy for Action for Climate Empowerment: K-12 Teacher Professional Development. Invited panelist for national listening series around ACE organized by CLEAN, specifically Frank Niepold, held on April 28, 2020, virtually through the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Teleconference calls.

  • Strategies for Educating about Controversial Topics. Presentation at Colorado's Changing Energy Portfolio Workshop. Held by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, CO, USA on November 15, 2015.

  • Teaching and learning about the climate in geoscience classrooms, with Dr. Anne Gold and Dr. Tamara Ledley. Co-developed and co-facilitated workshop as pre-conference short course for scientists and science educators in university contexts at the Geological Society of America annual meeting. Held at Denver, CO, USA on October 26, 2013.

  • See Curriculum Design with CIRES page for curriculum related professional learning.

Related Publications

Sullivan, S. M. B., & Morrison, D. (2013). CLEAN & ICEE: Two new resources for teaching climate change. Foundations, Newsletter for the Geo2YC Division of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, 2(2), 12-14.

Related Presentations

Morrison, D., Haas, D. Kirkland, L., & Boyd, K. (2020). Climate Change Education in a Pandemic World: Transferring Lessons from Pandemic Responses to Innovative Climate Change Education and Communication. Town hall session at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 1-17, 2020, virtually. Virtual hub.

Morrison, D. & Peddicord, H. (2015). Don’t Tell, Let Them Inquire: Teaching Climate Science Through Data. National Science Teachers Association, March 12-15, Chicago, IL, USA.

Campanella, M., & Morrison, D. (2014). Shared CLEAN, LMAC and other Colorado resources at the NESTA Session: National Earth Science Teachers Association Weather, Climate, and Ocean Share-a-Thon, National Science Teachers Association, April 3-6, Boston, MA, USA.

Morrison, D., & Gold, A. (2013). Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network: Instructional resources for science educators. National Science Teachers Association western regional meeting, December 12-14, Denver, CO, USA.

See Curriculum Design with CIRES page for curriculum related publications and presnetations.

In 2020, the Spencer Foundation - through Dr. Megan Bang - provided funding to several climate change education activists and educators to bring together practitioners and researchers in the Climate Change Education Coalition. I am proud to serve as an advisor to this effort with Dr. Kyle Whyte, Dr. Marcia Mckenzie, Glenn Branch, and Frank Niepold. A key goal of this effort is to synthesize existing knowledge both in research and practice about climate change education to best inform next steps in fostering equitable education to accelerate just climate action.


  • 2020-present Advisor, Climate Change Education Collective, Spencer Foundation Conference Grant awarded to K.C. Busch, Joseph Henderson, & Don Haas.

In 2013, while collaborating with the University of Colorado's Learn More about Climate (LMAC) program, I was asked to present at SXSW Eco. The LMAC team reached out to the NAACP's Environmental and Climate Justice program (ECJ program) and asked the amazing Jacqui Patterson to do a joint presentation with me on the topic of Climate Justice. I thank both Jacqui and the LMAC team for these initial efforts as they have fostered an ongoing conversation and collaboration with the NAACP that I greatly value. I continue to lift the efforts of the hardworking ECJ program team in all ways I can.

Related Presentations

Franklin, M., Rodriguez, B, & Morrison, D. (2018). Co-design of climate justice case studies. American Educational Research Association, April 13-17, New York, NY, USA.

Morrison, D., & Patterson, J. (2013). Climate Justice: Science, Advocacy, & Equity. SXSW Eco, October 7-9, Austin, TX, USA.

Climate Justice Networks

I, like many others in my positionality, am on a constant journey to better understand the work and responsibilities we have to foster climate justice in all areas of our shifting globe to ensure transformative change. To this end I want to highlight the substantial and significant work of networks who have long worked to this end. I am humbled to continue to learn from and build relationships with these networks.