The new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative

White House logo"[T]he White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) is launching a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative to help connect American students and citizens with the best-available, science-based information about climate change," according (PDF) to a December 3, 2014, press release from the White House. And NCSE is involved.

NCSE's Mark McCaffrey applauded the new initiative. "Education, training, and public awareness about the risks and possible responses to climate change is vital," he explained. "The Climate Education and Literacy Initiative helps to amplify existing efforts, builds support for new ones, and provides a solid foundation for further efforts."

As part of the launch, a series of educational videos were released highlighting key elements of the Essential Principles of Energy was released. The videos were developed by the Department of Energy together with the American Geosciences Institute and the National Center for Science Education. Accompanying the videos are guides for students and teachers.

Also highlighted in the press release were a new Action Fellowship with the Alliance for Climate Education, new resources that will be added to the digital collection of the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network, and a series of regional climate-science workshops for educators that will be held by NOAA in 2015.