Green schools protect the environment, keep teachers and students healthy, and promote environmental literacy. Green schools significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs, improve student and teacher health, and enhance student motivation. With children spending two-thirds of their waking hours inside schools, benefits like pure air quality, healthy lighting, safe outdoor spaces, and high-quality cafeteria food aren’t fancy extras — they are essential.
What we teach inside our schools is equally important. Did you know only 30% of middle school and 45% of high school science teachers understand the extent of the scientific consensus on climate change? The time is now to prepare the next generation of environment leaders with the optimism, education, and tools they need to lead us. Earth Day Network advocates for universal climate education in the U.S. and around the world.
The first Earth Day in 1970 started as an environmental teach-in. Since then, Earth Day Network has been working to equip students and educators with knowledge and materials to lead the environmental movement and inspire the next generation of sustainable leaders.
Earth Day Network’s K-12 education program provides resources for educators, standards-based environmental lesson plans and hands-on activities to teach students about environmental protections, ending plastic pollution, protecting species, understanding climate science, climate change impacts and solutions, and more. This includes Earth Day Network’s Climate Education Week Toolkit, which we create and disseminate as a free resource for educators and students across the globe.
At the university level, we engage college students and educators from more than 800 colleges and universities in MobilizeU for Higher Education.
For the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, we are planning a Global Teach-In to reach more than 500 million students worldwide.
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