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New Jersey Makes Climate Change Classes Mandatory In Schools

Spearheaded by New Jersey’s first lady Tammy Murphy, climate change education is now coming swiftly to K-12 public school students.

The plan is to build the students’ understanding about how climate change works and how it impacts our society. This especially hits home as New Jersey has already experienced high level sea rises, harmful algal blooms and extreme heat spikes.

Harmful Algal Blooms / USGS

The new school guidelines are expected to roll out on September 2021.

Environmental advocates have expressed their gratitude towards the states open mindedness. Although many have expressed the idea that the curriculum shouldn’t solely focus on climate problems. Rather it should include a more solution based content model – Like teaching children how to compost, reduce food waste and even concepts about alternative energy sources.

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Additionally, the benefits of the movement could go even further than just the children.

The shift in mindset may also travel up the pipeline towards the children’s parents as well. This could practically make K-12 schools the source for educating the entire community.

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“The adoption of these standards is much more than an added educational requirement; it is a symbol of a partnership between generations. Decades of short-sighted decision-making has fueled this crisis and now we must do all we can to help our children solve it. This generation of students will feel the effects of climate change more than any other, and it is critical that every student is provided an opportunity to study and understand the climate crisis through a comprehensive, interdisciplinary lens.” Says Tammy Murphy.

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