Climate change impacts so many school districts across the country. By 2030, school systems will need to expand their facilities to accommodate growth, and running two classrooms for 2,500 students will become virtually impossible in the places where most states sit.
Almost every environmental and natural history group in the country understands the need to educate our kids on environmental issues. Yet, more and more, school districts are failing to address climate change. They could be doing a lot more to teach the science and deal with this critical problem, but are being swept away by a climate change backlash.
Governors from all over the country have taken their concerns about rising seas and melting ice to the courts, denying the reality of climate change and, consequently, denying their responsibility to protect their residents. It is time to stop this. Everyone in this country needs to demand better from our leaders.
With our society battling these challenges, our children’s futures at stake, educators, scientists, and civic activists must work together and re-think how our schools and communities can best address the threat of climate change.
We need better education.