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Hero of the Week: Italy’s Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti

Hero of the Week: Italy’s Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti

This week Italy got an A+ — thanks to its education minister, Lorenzo Fioramonti, who announced that starting next year all schools and students in all grades in Italy will be required to spend 33 hours per year, almost one hour per school week, teaching students about climate change issues.  It will also be woven […]

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Understanding Our Planet May Require a Climate Crash Course

Understanding Our Planet May Require a Climate Crash Course

The California wildfires that have been ravaging communities throughout the state this week have been a vivid example of how unprepared we are for climate change.

Why This Matters: While not every state is experiencing the climate crisis in the same way that California is, we must take the opportunity to better understand how it will affect our respective states and communities.

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School boards neglecting climate change, claiming action is too political

School boards neglecting climate change, claiming action is too political

  Teaching kids about climate change in school is critical and a growing group of teachers around the country are pushing for school boards to make this curriculum mandatory. Park Guthrie, who teaches sixth grade at a school in Occidental, California decided to take action and founded Schools for Climate Action (S4CA), doing so right before […]

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French amusement park teaches kids about climate change

French amusement park teaches kids about climate change

We wrote last week that climate education in American schools is seriously lacking despite the fact that parents and teachers would both like to have an expanded climate curriculum. While climate change can be a difficult subject to discuss with kids (there’s not a lot of good news), not doing so leaves kids woefully unprepared […]

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Climate Change Education Not Making the Grade

Climate Change Education Not Making the Grade

As young people are increasingly demanding that the U.S. government take action on climate change, a poll conducted by National Public Radio and Ipsos found that efforts to educate students on this important topic are woefully inadequate. Most states have curriculum requirements that at least mention human-caused climate change, however, the overwhelming majority of teachers […]

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State of Connecticut Considers Law To Require Teaching Climate Change

State of Connecticut Considers Law To Require Teaching Climate Change

A legislator in Connecticut in January introduced a bill requiring schools to teach climate change science starting at the elementary level.  Connecticut already has a science curriculum “standard” that encourages the teaching of climate science, but if it passes, this law would be the first in the country to mandate it, according to The Associated Press (AP).  

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