Earth Day Network is committed to increasing global environmental and climate literacy by Earth Day 2020. We are dedicated to ensuring that every student around the world graduates high school as an environmental and climate literate citizen, ready to take action and be a voice for change. This goal is not only an enormous undertaking, it is critical and timely. In preparation for Earth Day 2020, we seek to mobilize a newgeneration who have the knowledge, skills, and willingness to take action to protect their planet. Education needs to be a key part of this effort.
Earth Day Network has released research on the status of environmental literacy policies in the United States. We have also joined a large collaborative network of nonprofits, government organizations, and business leaders in a campaign for global environmental and climate literacy. This is more than a campaign issue and more than a US issue, this is a global issue. We ask that you help us take a stand and support teaching for environmental and climate literacy in K-12 schools. Earth Day Network has developed a K-12 Toolkit to guide teachers with curriculum designed around environmental and climate literacy. This education initiative, although introduced as the theme for 2017, is crucial and relevant to creating the foundation for Earth Day 2020 and beyond.
In response to the lack of formalized environmental education in the United States, each state is in the process of developing Environmental Literacy Plans (ELP) through their state environmental education organizations, state Departments of Education, and state Natural Resource divisions. This will involve the integration of environmental education into current state curricula, propose graduation requirements for environmental literacy, suggest steps for teacher professional development, detail assessment strategies, and propose funding sources and policy action steps. Due to large variations in educational systems, policies, and politics on a state-by-state basis, each ELP is in dramatically different phases of progress. To learn more about your state’s ELP, visit https://naaee.org/our-work/programs/state-environmental-literacy-plans.
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