NCSE's Branch discusses climate change education legislation for Yale Climate Connections

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NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch contributed a discussion of legislation intended to support climate change education to Yale Climate Connections (June 4, 2024), relying on his interviews of eight legislators who sponsored such measures.

"In the last five years, by my count, no fewer than 90 measures aimed at supporting climate change education have been introduced in the legislatures of 21 states across the country," Branch wrote. "I interviewed eight of their sponsors, by phone or email, and here's what I learned that might help you, as a citizen concerned about the climate crisis, to support the introduction, passage, and enactment of such legislation in your state."

"Climate change education is popular," Branch observed toward the end of his article, adding, "The challenge is to channel the public's abstract support for climate change education into specific and implementable legislation that will make a real difference in the classroom. That's how legislators and their constituents can help to equip today's students to cope with the challenges of the warmer world they will inherit."

Interviewed for the article were Andrew Gounardes of New York, Chris Larson of Wisconsin, Juan Mendez of Arizona, Nicole Mitchell of Minnesota, Christine Palm of Connecticut, Luz Rivas of California, James Talarico of Texas, and Wendy Thomas of New Hampshire.


Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.