Hawaii resolution encourages climate change education

Hawaii's House Resolution 134 (and the identical House Concurrent Resolution 134) would, if adopted, request the state department of education "to ensure that career and technical education standards focus on place-based responsiveness to climate change and preparing students to engage in a growing green economy."

The resolution observes, "Hawaii faces an uncertain future as the global climate crisis intensifies and puts the health of Hawaii's people, environment, and economy at risk." Introduced on March 11, 2022, by Amy A. Perruso (D-District 6) and nine of her colleagues in the House, the resolution was referred to the House committees on Education and Finance.

Hawaii adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, which address climate change, in 2016. In 2020, Senate Concurrent Resolution 58 would nevertheless have urged the state department of education to mandate a climate change curriculum, as NCSE previously reported; the resolution ultimately died in committee.

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.