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Cape Climate Change Teacher Named Science Educator of the Year

November 5, 2019

A teacher certified by the United Nations to teach about climate change has been named science educator of the year in Barnstable County by the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers.

Richard Gifford, who goes by Rick, teaches in the Provincetown public schools.

His students say he makes learning about climate change fun.

During a class last week, seventh-graders saw on a computer screen a “digitally rendered panda bear flipped on its back during an onscreen downpour,” according to the Cape Cod Times.

Gifford took “a free online course this past summer to become certified as a climate teacher through EduCCate Global, which is a joint venture between One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership and Harwood Education,” according to the Cape Cod Times.

To fix the problem of climate change, Gifford teaches students about planting trees and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to the Cape Cod Times.

Gifford told the newspaper he studied global ecology at Boston University and has a master’s degree in environmental philosophy from Lancaster University in England and a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Lancaster University offers an online program in Values and the Environment, which includes environmental policy, conservation planning, and environmental aesthetics, which an instructor describes as “a relatively new field.”



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