BREAKING: Youth Call for a Climate Education Mandate in NYC Schools

NYC Youth Have the Right to Know About Climate Change

While the Next Generation Science Standards call for the teaching of climate science in the United States, there is a vocal minority actively working to deny young people the information they need to prepare for the future. Recent moves, like the one in Wyoming to defund consideration of the first federal-level science standards to include climate science in our nation’s history, are a step in the wrong direction.

As ACE's Executive Director, Matt Lappé, said recently: "An uninformed public poses a risk to our climate and our world. The more people who know about climate change, the faster we will push the United States to adopt policies that will protect our future. That's why the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) is proud to co-sponsor The Global Kids’ petition calling for New York City Schools Chancellor, Carmen Fariña, to mandate climate education in all NYC Public Schools, K-12."

Since 2008, ACE has educated 1.8 million students nationwide and 165,000 students in New York State on the science and solutions of climate change—but it’s not nearly enough. We believe every high school student in America has the right to know about climate change and deserves a voice in creating climate solutions. New York City will set a powerful example to cities across the country with its climate education mandate. Please support this cause today.

Tune in to the June 10th press conference at City Hall in New York City for more information.


Leah Qusba

Leah joined ACE in 2009 and is currently serving as Deputy Director. She brings with her more than 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a relationship-builder, communicator and strategic problem solver. She manages ACE’s program, campaign, communications, media, and marketing strategy.