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NC Teacher Among COP21 Attendees

Kathy Bosiak
Climate Generation

The main goal of the U.N. Climate Talks in Paris this week and next is to negotiate international efforts to deal with the climate crisis. But it will also serve as a learning experience for future generations.

Kathy Bosiak is the chair of the science department at Lincolnton High School, northwest of Charlotte, and also coaches JV girls soccer and cheerleading.

But starting later this week, she will be one of the tens of thousands of people in Paris, attending the UN Climate Talks, or COP21.

“It’s important to bring that real-world experience back to my students, to get them interested, get them excited about the possibility of change, instead of constantly hearing the negativity of it,” says Bosiak.

Bosiak is part of a group of American educators attending the event, sponsored by Climate Generation, an environmental education organization based in Minnesota.

Her classes have written out questions for her to take, with the goal of getting answers. She also plans to blog and Skype back to her classes.

“They need to know that there are other students out there just like them,” says Bosiak. “Just like they are trying to make changes, so are other students, globally, and I think that’s an extremely important aspect to what we’re going to be doing.”

You can follow Kathy Bosiak on Twitter here.

Dave DeWitt is WUNC's Supervising Editor for Politics and Education. As an editor, reporter, and producer he's covered politics, environment, education, sports, and a wide range of other topics.
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