Recently, I was astounded to find that special interest groups funnel nearly $1 billion each year* to push anti-science bills, delay action on climate change, and spread fake climate science to K-12 schools.
I’m a 16-year-old environmental activist. I am the founder of a national youth climate action movement called Zero Hour. We are gearing up for the revolutionary Youth Climate Action Weekend this summer.
Last week, thousands of teachers in Arizona and Colorado walked out of their classrooms to demand fairer compensation for their work. They follow in the footsteps of teachers in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma as part of the #RedforEd campaign.
Although the evidence of a rapidly changing climate is clear, only 58% of Americans agree that climate change is happening and human-caused and misinformation campaigns are making their way into classrooms across the country. In alignment with ACE’s new strategic plan, we are working to better support educators and young people in communicating climate science and climate justice by creating resources for the classroom and beyond.
In the wake of the most expensive hurricane season in history, ACE created a new lesson plan aimed to help teachers guide their students to cope with the trauma and build resilience after devastating hurricanes like Maria. ACE had the opportunity to visit Puerto Rico to see the lesson plan in action and to hear stories from young people across the island finding hope after this climate disaster.
I can’t say I’m sad to say goodbye to 2017. This year in many ways was truly devastating from a climate change perspective. For those who doubted that climate change was indeed upon us, the reality now couldn’t be starker.