April 22, 2016 Staff Report
Climate change education should be incorporated into the public school curriculum, the City Council has decided.
Just in time for Earth Day, the Council adopted a resolution calling on the State Department of Education to include climate change lessons in K-12 curricula.
The resolution was introduced by local Council Member Costa Constantinides, who is also the chair of the Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection. The council’s vote is non-binding as this would have to be enacted on the state level.
“To achieve long-lasting effects in our environmental efforts, future generations must be engaged,” Constantinides said in a statement. “Students should be equipped with the knowledge and 21st century concepts they’ll need to care for our planet. That’s why it’s so important that they learn about the environment and climate change throughout their school day.”
On the State level, the resolution has the support of State Sen. Michael Gianaris, author of New York’s Clean Energy Law, among other green legislation.
The State Department of Education did not immediately respond to a request for comment.