Fighting for Climate Change Education

June 5, 2019

 

When we think of anti-science rhetoric, we think of the Trump-wing of the GOP, or the Deep South, not Connecticut.

“I don’t know if there is global warming.”
“A false crisis.”
“I don’t know if the warming of the planet is going to be a problem.”

The above are statements made by House Republicans during a lengthy debate on the inclusion of climate change education.

Despite GOP filibustering for more than five hours, we passed HB 7083 to require the instruction of climate change in our public schools. It would be included in the science curriculum and based on guidelines consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards. In 2015, the state Board of Education unanimously approved NGSS standards.

While climate change is already taught in many Connecticut schools, this legislation would codify its instruction so students have the tools they will need to be part of the solution to prevent climate change from leading to a potential environmental disaster for themselves and future generations.

After hours of debate, the bill was approved by a wide margin, 103 to 43. If passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor, this legislation would make Connecticut the first state in the country to mandate teaching on climate change.

We have only one planet and if climate change continues unchecked, our children and grandchildren will be in danger and our economy will suffer.