On January 27 we hosted a Twitter chat on building climate adaptation and resilience in schools. Take a look at some of the ideas and resources shared during the conversation!

Climate change is intensifying extreme weather and harming communities around the country, including schools. How have you seen climate impacts affect schools and students

A1: Managing stormwater is crucial in Chicago. Persistent flooding is pervasive in Black + Latinx communities. Nature-based solutions like #SpacetoGrow green schoolyards address flooding, mitigate health impacts + provide community assets. #K12ClimateAction https://t.co/tFZrPnLEm2

— healthyschools (@healthyschools)

A1: In Houston, @rquiroz4ImEd's colleagues & former students had a several week delay in the start of their school year due to Hurricane Harvey.

Even more insidious was the toxic pollution from the oil refineries that kept us inside & created breathing difficulties. https://t.co/EDK8wJDbGC

— Next100 (@TheNext100)

What do you think our education sector can do to adapt to the continuing impacts of climate change?

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the need for improved resilience in education systems. How can the education sector prepare to support students academically and emotionally in the wake of future learning disruptions including climate impacts?

A3: The suggestions @scottsargrad makes in this op-ed about improving remote learning are applicable to any future education disruption, from closing the digital divide to strengthening instruction/curriculum & centering community needs: https://t.co/lQ1kzO3yuj #K12ClimateAction https://t.co/ccmOUscz5T

— CAP K-12 Education (@EdProgress)

A3-Schools aren't just about learning–they provide meals, community, & a safe place to be. We must ensure all students have the tech to excel AND provide the other supports/resources that our schools do. From COVID to extreme weather, we can't leave kids behind. #K12ClimateAction https://t.co/FW6qGDYv8R

— Strong Future Maryland (@FutureMaryland)

Climate change disproportionately affects communities of color and low income communities. What policies or practices can help schools prioritize the needs and strengths of these communities as they adapt and build resilience?

Youth activists are leading the push for climate action both in and out of schools. How can educators and policy leaders elevate student voices in creating plans for adaptation and resilience?