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Our responsibility for teaching students about climate change

Should Schools Be Accountable for Educating Students About Climate Change?

All over the country this year, students are missing school because of the weather. Houston, Texas, schools closed for Hurricane Harvey. Other schools in California are closed now because of their proximity to wildfires. Most students in either middle or high school take science classes that address our physical environment. The question many schools are now facing is: Should teachers…

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Teach our children well. The benefits of solar in schools

Schools and Solar: What Are the Benefits?

As parents know, every other note that comes home in a school kids’ folder is a bake sale request or a fundraiser form. The other notes are friendly reminders to clip the pink rectangles off their pantry items that include Box Top for Education initiatives. Each label is a dime toward the school, and every dime counts when it comes…

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Carl Smith working to advance sustainability education in California

Advancing Green Schools and Clean Technologies in California: An Interview with Green Technology’s Carl Smith

Carl Smith is focused on the development of editorial and educational content relating to public sector sustainability goals in California. He is also focused on the strategies, best practices and technologies that contribute to the attainment of these goals. For the past decade, Carl has been the Editor in Chief of Green Technology, a non-profit initiative designed to inform government…

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The next generation - Next Generation Science Standards

Climate Science Students Bill of Rights

The battle for science education in our schools Our human existence in the modern world is utterly dependent on science and technology. Yet the troubling trend in the U.S. is that science education, mathematics and critical thinking skills are declining. Some argue that the decline of science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) has never been that good or that…

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The conversion of a climate change denier

Video Friday: Science Fair Nightmare and the Conversion of a Climate Change Denier

The League of Conservation Voters produced this humorous video showing how even the most stalwart climate change denier (i.e. a Republican congressman) can eventually embrace science and face the challenge and opportunity of climate change.

The Promise of Climate Change Education Standards

“In order to learn the nature of the myriad things, you must know that although they may look round or square, the other features of oceans and mountains are infinite in variety; whole worlds are there. It is so not only around you, but also directly beneath your feet, or in a drop of water.” -Genjo Koan Education is a…

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A national education program is needed to counter the forces of planned ignorance and confusion on climate change

Education Campaign to Combat Climate Change Denial

To help combat American confusion on climate change, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif), sent a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu urging him to launch a national climate change education campaign. Despite growing scientific evidence and extreme weather, many Americans appear to be very confused about the causes and dangers of climate change. Henry Waxman, the top Democrat on the House Energy and…

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