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Today's schoolchildren will face climate decisions we could never imagine - will they be prepared to act?

CALL TO ACTION: Support the Climate Literacy Act!

The Climate Literacy Act would require the state Department of Education, along with dedicated members of the education community, to develop a set of environmental, climate, and sustainability principles to be integrated into learning standards. 

Passing this legislation is the first step towards ensuring that upon graduation from high school, all Rhode Island students attending public schools (or other schools managed and controlled by the state) are prepared to embrace our growing green and blue economies, take action towards addressing environmental challenges, and be civically engaged with climate and environmental policies. 

Climate change education is supported by the majority of Rhode Island parents and teachers. Outlined in detail in the bill (S-2039 / H-7275), the next steps include:

2022: Pass the Climate Literacy Act!  << we need your help!
2023: Develop key environmental, climate, and sustainability principles and concepts.
2023: Establish green awards programs to recognize high-performing schools and teachers.
2024: Disseminate lessons and activities related to climate change and green career paths.
2025: Review and highlight the key principles and concepts in the current learning standards.
2026: Ensure RIDE teacher professional development includes key principles and concepts. 

How You Can Help: 

To learn more, visit http://rieea.org/2022-climate-literacy-act/ or contact the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association at info@rieea.org or at 401-569-8758.


SAMPLE EMAIL

Dear [YOUR REP/SEN HERE],

The impacts of climate change are already being felt in Rhode Island, and those impacts will only become more severe in the years to come.  However, there is currently no requirement when it comes to climate education in Rhode Island. 

The Climate Literacy Act (H 7275 / S 2039) would require the state Department of Education, along with dedicated members of the education community, to develop a set of environmental, climate, and sustainability principles to be integrated into learning standards. 

Passing this legislation is the first step towards ensuring that upon graduation from high school, all Rhode Island students attending public schools (or other schools managed and controlled by the state) are prepared to embrace our growing green and blue economies, take action towards addressing environmental challenges, and be civically engaged with climate and environmental policies. 

Please support the Climate Literacy Act (H 7275 / S 2039). Thank you.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME & ADDRESS]



Thank you for your support!

Priscilla De La Cruz, Senior Director of Government Affairs

Lauren Parmelee, Senior Director of Education

  • May 2019 - 2020

  • May 2019 - 2020