Help keep One Green Planet free and independent! Together we can ensure our platform remains a hub for empowering ideas committed to fighting for a sustainable, healthy, and compassionate world. Please support us in keeping our mission strong.

Many states don’t have teaching Climate change in their curriculum, but thankfully, many teachers are finding a way to still dive into the topic with students.

Source: Mosesbrownschoolnews/YouTube

Climate change will affect students now more than anything else in the future. It will impact the jobs they have, where they can live, and how their lives will look. Unfortunately, despite this, many states don’t include the topic. Texas dedicates three bullet points to Climate change in its 27 pages of standards, the New York Times reported. Florida, on the other hand, does not include it at all. Although most states have adopted standards for the topic, teachers in these states are working hard to make sure students still understand what is happening to our planet.

Students who do receive instruction on climate change will most likely get that in middle school science class. Many middle school standards don’t mention Climate change, so it falls on the teachers and school districts to integrate the topic into lessons.

“I’m really passionate about this issue,” Bertha Vazquez told the New York Times. “I have to find a way to sneak it in.”

Ms. Vazquez has taught for over 30 years in Florida, where she says that her students are already seeing the dramatic impacts of global warming, but the words “Climate change”  don’t appear in the state’s middle or elementary school education standards.

The New York Times reported that around half of middle school science teachers in the country either don’t cover the subject or spend less than two hours a year on it, according to a survey by the National Center for Science Education.

Despite the suffering animals, the melting Arctic ice caps, the increase in wildfires, and all the other evidence, the United States is the leading developed country when it comes to Climate change denial. All the evidence points to it being real. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says: “Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal.”

With this much denial, it’s clear we need more education on the matter. Recently, Italy added climate change to the curriculum in schools. The United States should do the same! Advanced industrialized nations, including the United States, are responsible for most greenhouse gas emissions since the Industrial Revolution.

For more school and Climate change news, learn more about Italy and New Zealand’s Climate change curriculum.

Sign this petition to urge the United States to make Climate change and sustainability a part of the curriculum in schools!

Wake Up and Smell the Climate Change T-Shirt by Tiny Rescue: Climate Collection

Related Content:

Easy Ways to Help the Planet:

  • Eat Less Meat: Download Food Monster, the largest plant-based Recipe app on the App Store to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy. You can also buy a hard or soft copy of our favorite vegan cookbooks.
  • Reduce Your Fast Fashion Footprint: Take the initiative by standing up against fast fashion Pollution and supporting sustainable and circular brands like Tiny Rescue that are raising awareness around important issues through recycled zero-waste clothing designed to be returned and remade over and over again.
  • Support Independent Media: Being publicly funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!
  • Sign a Petition: Your voice matters! Help turn petitions into victories by signing the latest list of must-sign petitions to help people, animals, and the planet.
  • Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest news and important stories involving animals, the environment, sustainable living, food, health, and human interest topics by subscribing to our newsletter!
  • Do What You Can: Reduce waste, plant trees, eat local, travel responsibly, reuse stuff, say no to single-use plastics, recycle, vote smart, switch to cold water laundry, divest from fossil fuels, save water, shop wisely, Donate if you can, grow your own food, volunteer, conserve energy, compost, and don’t forget about the microplastics and microbeads lurking in common household and personal care products!