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NOAA Planet Stewards Book Club

The NOAA Planet Stewards book club has a great line-up of books slated for discussion for this academic year. Scroll down to see the titles, brief descriptions, dates and connection links for each Book Club meeting. Discussion Questions will be posted approximately one week before each meeting.

To see previously selected books and associated discussion questions, have a look at our Book Club Archive Page.

To make sure you receive reminder announcements about our Book Club, sign up to our mailing list.

Here’s the general information for participating in our Book Club. We hope you’ll join us as we explore new and thought-provoking topics.

  • All book club meetings begin at 7:00 pm Eastern Time.
  • Anyone can participate. Just read the book prior to the discussion.
  • On the day of the meeting, click on the Video Meeting Link noted for that event. You may need to wait briefly to be let in by the facilitator.
  • If you prefer, you may dial into the meeting with your telephone using the meeting specific number noted for each event, then entering the meeting event specific PIN.
  • Before each meeting we will send out a reminder note through our email list with discussion questions prepared by the meeting facilitator.
  • There are a limited number of “seats” available for each meeting. Plan to dial in just a few minutes before the official start time.
  • Have questions? Contact: oceanserviceseducation@noaa.gov

2022 -2023 Academic Year Book Club Selections & Meeting Dates

Book cover for Saving Us book

February 21, 2023 7:00 pm ET

Saving Us: A Climate Scientists Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World by Katharine Hayhoe

Video Meeting Link: meet.google.com/xtr-mrud-htd
To Dial in Using Phone Only: +1 612-361-0505
Pin: 576 707 89#

Called “one of the nation's most effective communicators on climate change” by The New York Times, Katharine Hayhoe knows how to navigate all sides of the conversation on our changing planet. A Canadian climate scientist living in Texas, she negotiates distrust of data, indifference to imminent threats, and resistance to proposed solutions with ease. Over the past fifteen years Hayhoe has found that the most important thing we can do to address climate change is talk about it — and she wants to teach you how.

In Saving Us, Hayhoe argues that when it comes to changing hearts and minds, facts are only one part of the equation. We need to find shared values in order to connect our unique identities to collective action. This is not another doomsday narrative about a planet on fire. It is a multilayered look at science, faith, and human psychology, from an icon in her field — recently named chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy.

Drawing on interdisciplinary research and personal stories, Hayhoe shows that small conversations can have astonishing results. Saving Us leaves us with the tools to open a dialogue with your loved ones about how we all can play a role in pushing forward for change.

 High Tide Book Cover

March 14, 2023 7:00 pm ET

The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch

Video Meeting Link: meet.google.com/ysi-wwhz-dku
To Dial in Using Phone Only: +1 219-515-4315
Pin: 427 896 819#

One moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley sneaks out of his house and goes exploring on the tidal flats of Puget Sound. When he discovers a rare giant squid, he instantly becomes a local phenomenon shadowed by people curious as to whether this speed-reading, Rachel Carson obsessed teenager is just an observant boy or an unlikely prophet. But Miles is really just a kid on the verge of growing up, infatuated with the girl next door, worried that his bickering parents will divorce, and fearful that everything, even the bay he loves, is shifting away from him. As the sea continues to offer up discoveries from its mysterious depths, Miles struggles to deal with the difficulties that attend the equally mysterious process of growing up.

Book cover for Climate Champions book

April 11, 2023 7:00 pm ET

Climate Champions by Rachel Sarah

Video Meeting Link: meet.google.com/bzd-jysy-ccu
To Dial in Using Phone Only: +1 402-744-0240
Pin: 204 040 572#

They are climate scientists, journalists, professors, academics, researchers, and policy makers from around the world who draft policies with real-life solutions, run science labs to find new solutions to old problems, and lead organizations at the forefront of change. These women do not shy away from showing how racial and social injustices lie at the root of so many climate-related issues.

Their stories are accessible and energetic, with spotlights on the triumphs and struggles of women who are working to protect the planet.

As young readers learn how these champions are rising up around the world, they will learn how to be part of the solution.

Book cover for All We Can Save book

May 9, 2023 7:00 pm ET

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis Edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson

Video Meeting Link: meet.google.com/cae-ewah-gtj
To Dial in Using Phone Only: +1 786-886-2384
Pin: 716 396 812#

All We Can Save is an anthology of writings by 60 women at the forefront of the climate movement who are harnessing truth, courage, and solutions to lead humanity forward.

There is a renaissance blooming in the climate movement: leadership that is more characteristically feminine and more faithfully feminist, rooted in compassion, connection, creativity, and collaboration. While it’s clear that women and girls are vital voices and agents of change for this planet, they are too often missing from the proverbial “table.” More than a problem of bias, it’s a dynamic that sets us up for failure. To change everything, we need everyone.

As young readers learn how these champions are rising up around the world, they will learn how to be part of the solution.

NOAA Planet Stewards Workshops

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Climate Justice: Exploring the Science of Climate Change in Your Classroom

NOAA Planet Stewards and the Detroit Zoological Society are hosting a three-day workshop for educators to explore how global climate change is affecting the metro Detroit region, and how they can engage their students in taking action to address this global phenomena.

Participants will attend:

This workshop is planned for in-person learning. Depending on Covid-19 safety guidelines at the time of the workshop, an alternate, virtual experience may be required. All registrants will be kept apprised of programmatic changes.

Workshop topics include:

How to incorporate weather and climate change activities that meet state curriculum requirements into existing curriculum; using citizen science projects to connect youth with their local environment; mobilizing youth to take action in their communities.

Workshop features:

  • Opportunities to learn from and interact with subject matter experts.
  • Hands-on learning experiences at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.
  • Light continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included for each day of the workshop. Beverages and appetizers will be provided at the special evening event at the Polk Penguin Conservation Center.
  • Detroit educators will receive resources for their classrooms, and a fully paid opportunity (including transportation!) to bring their students to the Detroit Zoo or Belle Isle Nature Center for a learning experience. A $450+ value!
  • When/Where: Specific dates for this workshop have not yet been scheduled. They will be posted as soon as determined.
  • Who: Teachers in the Detroit area who work with upper elementary, middle or high school students.
  • Cost: $50 includes 14 SCHECHs (State Continuing Education Clock Hours), educational resources, tools and materials for the classroom, a special evening event in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, Light continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, and a fully paid for field trip for each classroom to visit the Zoo or Nature Center during the school year.
  • To register for the event and receive more information go to:: https://detroitzoo.org/education/teachers-and-schools/professional-development/
  • Questions? Contact: Claire Lannoye-Hall