“In New Jersey, we have already begun to experience the effects of climate change, from our disappearing shorelines, to harmful algal blooms in our lakes, super storms producing torrential rain, and summers that are blazing hot,” said Murphy.
Why This Matters:
Climate change will now be comprehensively taught to New Jersey’s 1.4 million students and this move by New Jersey will hopefully encourage more states to follow its lead. According to a NPR/Ipsos poll published last year
, more than 80% of American parents think climate change should be taught in schools, but most teachers still aren’t teaching the subject
. Many teachers are afraid of tackling
what is perceived to be a politically controversial topic but if state governments make the mandate then that can take the pressure off teachers to teach kids about climate change and why it matters to their lives.