The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) promotes and defends accurate and effective science education because everyone deserves to engage with the evidence. NCSE works with teachers, parents, scientists, and concerned citizens at the local, state, and national levels to ensure that topics including evolution and climate change are taught accurately, honestly, and confidently. They also support parent groups that are active in promoting responsible science education to their children. One of these groups is Climate Parents. Sierra Club's Climate Parents is a diverse national movement of parents and families mobilizing for bold clean energy and climate solutions.
"NCSE was pleased to collaborate with Climate Parents in resisting legislation aimed at undermining the integrity of science education in states across the country, supporting a scientifically accurate and pedagogically appropriate treatment of climate change in revised state science education standards in a number of different states, and in criticizing misleading material about climate change in social studies textbooks submitted for adoption in Texas."...
It is up to all of us to ensure that the next generation has the tools and knowledge to succeed and thrive in a sustainable way!
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There are so many connected issues in the realm of environmental science and stewardship. As so aptly addressed in a recent conference on climate and education, one way to engage students in this discipline is from the standpoint of solutions. As Katharine Wilkinson from Project Drawdown says, "The classroom is such a powerful place for bringing together the multiple dimensions of this topic." Schools, she adds, "are places where all of these different facets of human beings come into one place, and I think teachers have an incredible capacity for helping students grapple with and understand these dimensions."
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In today's world, a complex myriad of environmental issues exist. From habitat and biodiversity loss, water and air pollution, climate change, and deforestation, the next generation will have multiple challenges to face. As youth activists organize strikes and demonstrations about current issues like climate change, we educators are poised to help give them the knowledge and tools to address these challenges with innovation and solutions. And there are many resources available to help us help them! Several different agencies and organizations have copious amounts of lessons and information to support educational curriculum designed to educate our students about these issues. Promoting scientific literacy in students strengthens their ability to problem-solve and address these global challenges.
Ohio Soil & Water Conservation Districts, like us here in Warren County, provide free educational programming to local schools to supplement teachers' lessons. Many environmental education curriculum exists to provide lessons and activities for all age levels. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has a series of curriculum called Project Wild. According to AFWA, Project WILD's mission is to help students learn how to think, not what to think, about wildlife and the environment. All curriculum materials are backed by sound educational practices and theory, and represent the work of many professionals within the fields of education and natural resource management from across the country. Any educators interested in having or attending a Project Wild or Growing Up Wild workshop or Project WET workshop can contact our education staff at Warren County SWCD as we are certified facilitators of this training! Other established curriculum include Project WET, Project Learning Tree, and Project Underground.
The United States EPA also has educational hands on activities to teach about air quality and climate change. Through Particulate Matter Air Sensor Kits and interactive games, teachers can help students learn about how climate change is affecting our air quality and health. These and other climate change resources can be found at U.S. EPA.
Today's youth are preparing to be tomorrow's leaders. Education is vital to best prepare them to succeed in an ever changing world. The school year has begun and as we educators head into the classroom, we are ready to help engage, challenge, and inspire our students. Visit our Education page for more information on our environmental education programs.