Education for change must be a national and global priority – The Hill | Team Cansler

Our planet is no stranger to hurricanes and other natural disasters, but time and again so many are willing to turn a blind eye to the stronger, bigger, and more damaging storms that are nature’s warnings — in addition to devastating droughts, tornadoes are places where they are yet to come never landed, and harmful algal blooms, among others.

To support efforts to tackle climate change, the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) is building on the outcomes of COP26 to raise awareness and take action on a range of issues – from urgent mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, building resilience and adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change, to meeting commitments to finance climate action in developing countries.

We have a duty to make our environment strong enough to withstand the effects of climate change and this begins with the education of our students. Together we all have a role to play in the fight against climate change. We must act now to protect ourselves and future generations from the increasingly violent storms and devastation that will come years and decades from now. And as world leaders gather, we must emphasize that education is a key component in advancing climate action.

In New Jersey, for example, students have begun to learn the vocabulary and analytical skills necessary to preserve everything we love about the Garden State and thrive in an economy transformed by the climate crisis. In every grade, from kindergarten through senior year of high school, new standards that incorporate climate change education into seven content areas – Life and Careers in the 21st Century, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Education and Performing Arts and World Languages ​​– will help create a generation of climate-literate policymakers, data analysts, entrepreneurs, urban planners, researchers, anthropologists, journalists, economists, artists and more. Climate change is humanity’s greatest long-term threat and will affect every aspect of our children’s lives. This is more than just a new educational requirement; We understand this as a partnership between the generations.

Make no mistake, New Jersey is incredibly proud to be at the forefront of this endeavor, but we know that collective action is our only hope to address the climate crisis affecting our nation and the world. So we need every state and country to join us. And when you team up with us, you have our word that we will be your partner and share everything that has worked for us. With so much to gain and no time to lose, we hope this educational movement will make rapid progress.

We’ve had people from other states including Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania reaching out to us about our standards – we’ve even had someone from Australia reach out to us.

Climate education leverages our exemplary education system and the will of our young people to mitigate the worst effects of climate change and meet New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The exciting and important steps being taken at the federal level through the Anti-Inflation Act gives us added reason to believe that the necessary collective action is finally being taken.

This marks a seismic shift in the way environmental protection has long been viewed. Rather than being an obstacle, the national and global transition to a green economy will serve as a unique opportunity for economic growth, which we undertake with the intention of achieving equity and environmental justice.

Building prosperity in all communities, increasing job opportunities in brand new industries, empowering our entrepreneurs, improving the health of our residents, and preserving the beauty of our nation and world, all through the power of education—that is what embracing climate change education can achieve.

New Jersey is urging others to join the movement. As drought and wildfires ravage our planet, will it grapple with unprecedented and deadly floods and desperately seek ways to save it, or will it give the next generation the tools to innovate and innovate in the new economic opportunities to thrive? cleaner than today’s industries?

Climate change is already affecting our lives on a small and large scale. We can’t put it off any longer.

Tammy Murphy is the First Lady of New Jersey.

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