The Climate and Equity project plans to transform how climate and equity are taught by reducing teacher isolation and supporting collective growth.

Institute Goals

The incidence of extreme climate impacts is increasing. Levels of eco-anxiety and existential dread related to global warming among youth are at record highs. Education about global warming, and its inequitable impacts, is urgently needed, yet teachers who address this need are isolated .

To begin to address this urgent need, we will host a pilot group of 12 high-school teachers at a one-week, expenses-paid Climate and Equity Institute at the Schoodic Institute campus. The Institute will be held July 17th – July 23rd, 2022.

Teachers will discuss equitable pedagogy, hear presentations about the global — and psychological — impacts of climate change, explore climate change impacts firsthand through guided field trips, and have free time to pursue additional topics.


Teachers will:

  • Share best practices for learning and teaching about climate and equity
  • Gain insights into implementation issues in widely different school contexts
  • Become founders of a year-round network of colleagues across North America
  • Be inspired and informed by conversations with experts in science, equitable pedagogy, and psychology
  • Deepen their understanding of the inequitable impacts of climate change on economically marginalized communities and communities of color at home and around the world.
  • Enjoy the tranquility of the woods and seashore around Acadia National Park.
  • Receive a modest stipend for participating.

Teachers can expect to leave the workshop with new ideas and a renewed sense of hope and purpose about educating young people to make a difference in the world!"

Applications are closed

We had a wonderful response from the community and many outstanding applicants. We hope that the event becomes an annual one. If you are interested and think you may apply next year, please send your name and contact information to and we will be in touch next spring.

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MacArthur found logoClimate and Equity is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.