A bill to establish the California Center for Climate Change Education

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California's Assembly Bill 1913 would, if enacted, establish the California Center for Climate Change Education, which would have as its primary purpose the development of "educational resources to assist students and faculty of the state's public elementary, secondary, and postsecondary systems by providing fact-based education about climate change and its direct relation to equity and environmental justice issues." The bill correctly observes, "The people of the state, and people across the United States[,] overwhelmingly support teaching students about the causes, consequences, and potential solutions to global climate change."

The center would be based at West Los Angeles College in the Los Angeles Community District; its development and initial operations would be funded by a five-million-dollar appropriation. Introduced by Isaac G. Bryan (D-District 54) on February 9, 2022, Assembly Bill 1913 was referred to the House committees on higher education and natural resources. Also active in the California legislature is Assembly Bill 1939, which would require the California course of study to emphasize the causes and effects of climate change, including in one of the science courses required for graduate from high school, as NCSE previously reported.

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.