Bill would establish climate change teaching curriculum

Bill would establish climate change teaching curriculum

A new bill from Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyHouse Dems can take on climate change — if they don’t get distracted by Trump Dems find easy target in Trump commerce chief Trump mulls replacing Commerce chief Ross by end of year: reports MORE (D-Mass.) would create a curriculum for teaching students and others about climate change.

Markey introduced his bill, the Climate Change Education Act, on Friday to celebrate the first anniversary of Pope Francis’s encyclical urging the world to fight climate change.

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Under the bill, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would be required to develop a climate curriculum not just for students, but for people of all ages.

It would be for both formal and informal learning, with the goal of increasing understanding about the human role in climate change, what can be done to fight it and where the science stands, among other features.

“As we celebrate the first anniversary of Pope Francis’s vital message on taking action to address climate change, his call for a global conversation on our environmental challenges continues to resonate,” Markey said in a statement.

“Not only must we act here at home to directly address the carbon pollution causing climate change, but we must encourage a national discussion, especially with our youth, about how we can reduce our carbon footprint and serve as stewards of our environment,” he said.

The bill would not mandate that the curriculum be used in any specific schools. But it would create a grant program for public outreach and education programs related to climate.

Seven Senate Democrats are co-sponsoring the measure with Markey.

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) introduced a similar bill last year in the House with other Democratic colleagues.