New Jersey becomes the first state to add the climate crisis to their curriculum

“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.”

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The New Jersey State Board of Education has recently announced its public schools will now require the integration of climate change into curriculums for students in K-12 schools. 

Schools are expected to start incorporating this new guideline at the start of the school year in September 2021. 

They will be the first state in the nation to implement this new requirement ensuring the next generation of adults learn about how human activity affects the future of this planet.

First Last Tammy Murphy first introduced this initiate saying: “In New Jersey, we have already begun to experience the effects of climate change, from our disappearing shorelines, to harmful algal blooms in our lakes, superstorms producing torrential rain, and summers that are blazing hot. 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.”

According to EcoWatch, the move makes New Jersey the first in what is likely to be a nationwide trend. According to an NPR/Ipsos poll published last year, more than 80 percent of American parents and nearly 90 percent of American teachers said that climate change should be taught in schools.

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