New Jersey became the first state in the nation to add climate change to education standards for K-12 education. New Jersey’s first lady Tammy Murphy pushed for the new standards and met with over 100 educators across the state.

Climate change education will be integrated into seven content places, according to the governor, including, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Science, Visual and Performing Arts, 21st Century Life and Careers, Social Studies, Technology, Science, and World Languages. These standards will take effect in 2021 and 2022.

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“A top priority of my Administration has been to reestablish New Jersey’s role as a leader in the fight against climate change,” said Governor Phil Murphy in a statement. “The adoption of these standards across our K-12 schools is an important step forward that will strengthen the future of New Jersey’s green energy economy. By incorporating these standards into the nation’s number one public education system, we are creating a catalyst and knowledge base for new green jobs and teaching our children to become leaders who will propel New Jersey forward to 100 percent clean energy by 2050.”

The move was praised by multiple politicians and activists, including Al Gore. “I am incredibly proud that New Jersey is the first state in the nation to fully integrate climate education in their K-12 curricula,” Al Gore said in a statement. “This initiative is vitally important to our students as they are the leaders of tomorrow, and we will depend on their leadership and knowledge to combat this crisis.”

For more school and climate change news, learn more about Italy and New Zealand‘s climate change curriculum. If you want the United States to also add climate change to the curriculum, sign this petition!

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