Climate change education grant program proposed in New York

A bill in the New York Senate would, if enacted, establish a climate change education grant program "to award grants to eligible applicants to support climate change education grant programs for young people or to provide optional teacher training or professional development programs relevant to the advance of climate change literacy in young people."

Senate Bill 6837, sponsored by Todd Kaminsky (D-District 9) and cosponsored by Kevin S. Parker (D, WF-District 21), was introduced on November 8, 2019, and referred to the Senate Committee on Rules. A broadly similar bill providing grants aimed at improving climate change literacy was enacted in Washington in 2018, as NCSE previously reported.

In the justification for SB 6837, Kaminsky writes, "Climate change education in schools is supported by 78%, yet schools are still struggling with how to incorporate the study of climate change into the classroom. By providing this education, students will be prepared to understand and address the impact of global warming."

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