New York City Council: Move out of committee and pass Resolution 0375-2014, encouraging the New York State Department of Education to include lessons on climate change in K-12 curriculum.
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"I am angry that Sandy destroyed my house and that over two years later, we, high school students, are not being properly informed. Students have the right to know about the causes of climate change and the solutions to address it."
-- Annie Willis, 18, ACE and Global Kids Action Fellow
New Yorkers are all too familiar with the impacts of climate change. We have lived through the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. We are already starting to experience the consequences of rising sea-levels and heat waves. We believe that as youth, who will be disproportionately impacted by climate change, we have the right to be educated about climate change so that we can have the power to take action. A comprehensive climate education gives us the ability to engage in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and building resiliency in our communities.
The New York school system has a moral responsibility to educate their youth about climate change. Superstorm Sandy was a wake up call, showing us how very vulnerable we are to climate change impacts. We saw that many of the communities most impacted by Superstorm Sandy were low-income, communities of color; highlighting that climate change is also a social justice issue.
As Global Kids and Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) student leaders, we have been working closely with Council Members, Costa Constantinides and Donovan Richards, and at least nine other sponsors, to introduce and now advocate for the passage of Resolution 0375-2014. We have written op-eds, met with City Council Members, made our voices heard at a press conference and rally at City Hall, shared our climate education campaign at the People’s Climate March and the accompanying Youth Convergence, and organized letter writing and phone banking to ask our City Council members to support the Resolution.
We are grateful for Council Member Constantinides and Council Member Richards’ work and collaboration in introducing Resolution 0375-2014 and support for us, as youth leaders. We urge the The New York City Council to set an example to cities across the country by passing this Resolution; advocating for students to be armed with the climate change knowledge they need to create a more just, resilient, and stable future.
Please join ACE and Global Kids in urging The New York City Council to pass Resolution 0375-2014, calling on the New York State Department of Education to include lessons on climate change in K-12 curriculum.
ACE and Global Kids Partnership:
The Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) and Global Kids Inc. work together to support New York City youth leadership to confront climate change and drive solutions.
ACE and Global Kids co-lead a year long Action Fellowship that gives high school students the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to initiate lasting climate solutions now and throughout their lives.
More about the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE):
ACE recognizes that young people have the most to lose when it comes to climate change, and the most to gain by solving it. ACE educates high school students about climate change and inspires them to take action.
Since 2008, ACE has reached over 1.8 million students across America with its climate education program and inspired over 300,000 students to take action. ACE has also empowered thousands of new and diverse students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to be effective leaders. ACE students have testified before lawmakers, pushed hundreds of schools and communities to cut carbon, and partnered with policy experts for lasting climate solutions.
More about Global Kids Inc.:
The premier nonprofit educational organization for global learning and youth development - works to ensure that urban youth have the knowledge, skills, experiences and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities and on the global stage. Reaching over 14,000 youth and educators each year - Global Kids operates in-school and out-of-school time programs in New York City and Washington, D.C. public schools and at our headquarters.
GLOBAL KIDS HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST PROJECT (HRAP): GK’s HRAP program supports young people to protect human rights by practicing community organizing to create campaigns that win or impact large-scale change. HRAP focuses on environmental and climate activism since 2010.
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