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Getting Warmer: Climate Change Literacy Bills in Washington


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Personal)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/02/20

The issue of climate change is often misreported. It should be reported consistently and affirmatively as anthropogenic climate change or human-induced global warming in which the human industrial activity is a major factor in the problem in climate change.

One major aspect of the work is climate science literacy in order to combat the problem here. Washington has two identical bills now, which are aimed at climate science literacy.

These are for the Washington state legislature. One is called House Bill 1496. Another is entitled Senate Bill 5576. These are intended to establish a comprehensive program for more learning opportunities and education on climate science. It is meant to increase knowledge about climate science.

One facet for the media would be the introduction of the terminology as “anthropogenic climate change or “human-induced global warming” as a start.

There is an affirmation, in the pair of bills, for the increase in the skills and knowledge about climate science. It is only within Washington but this is a start, especially in a huge advanced industrial economy such as the United States.

The point is to introduce a greater skill and knowledge base amongst the young there. It will have information and opportunities for climate literacy and environmental education.

There is a reference to environmental and sustainability standards in one section of the Washington state code listing that is required as areas of education through the public schools.

This, according to the NCSE reportage, is simply an introduction of a new emphasis on sustainability.

As reported, it affirmed, “…critical knowledge and innovative strategies for effectively teaching climate science can be strengthened by qualified community-based organizations.”

One intriguing proposal is the foundation of a grant program through a nonprofit of the community for educational purposes via the Next Generation Science Standards. It’s not indoctrination; it’s minimal standards of a modernized educational on the environment.

The reportage concluded, “House Bill 1496 was introduced on January 23, 2019, and referred to the House Committee on Education; Senate Bill 5576 was introduced on January 24, 2019, and referred to the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education.”


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