Climate Change Pathway
The Earth's climate is changing. Average temperatures are rising in most places around the world, and the warming trend is very likely the result of human activities. Burning fossil fuels - for transportation, manufacturing, heating, cooling, and electricity generation - releases greenhouse gases into the air. Levels of these heat-trapping gases, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), are increasing at a faster rate than at any other time on record. The consequences of this unprecedented change in the atmosphere are both uncertain and likely to be extreme.
The time to act is now. At the same time, we must think about the future. Today's youth will inherit whatever climate change brings, and we owe it to them to make sure they are both knowledgeable about this complex issue and empowered to work for solutions.
What Can Schools Do About Climate Change?
Schools across the country and around the world are joining the movement to solve this urgent environmental issue. Students, educators and school administrators can play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions as they seek to shrink their "carbon footprints." In doing so, they can also explore key science, math, technology and social science skills.
Teaching about climate change is challenging, particularly when students are young. It is a complicated topic, and also a frightening one. National Wildlife Federation's Climate Classroom is a comprehensive resource for age-appropriate information and activities for both children and teens and provides educators with the tools they need to engage students in learning about and acting on the climate change issue.
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