New York has joined California, Connecticut and New Jersey as states that mandate climate education from kindergarten onward. New York City, the country’s largest school system, got a head start on this curriculum mandate with its efforts to compost lunches, decarbonize school buildings and prepare older students for careers in the clean energy sector. While other states including Texas, Virginia and Florida have resisted, we can only hope more states begin to actively incorporate climate change into curriculums.
The website Subject to Climate helps teachers develop and share their lesson plans, as well as ideas for interactive activities, like a nature walk to measure carbon dioxide in the air. It is an excellent website with an abundance of resources for anyone interested in learning more about climate change in an unbiased manner.