By Michael Sol Warren | June 3, 2020
Climate change education is coming to New Jersey classrooms.
Grade school students in the Garden State will soon be required to learn about climate change and its impacts on human society, as part of new standards adopted by the state Board of Education on Wednesday.
The New Jersey Student Learning Standards, which outline what is taught in New Jersey’s public schools, now include language that requires climate change education across seven areas: 21st Century Life and Careers, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Visual and Performing Arts, and World Languages.
The new standards require a variety of climate change related-lessons, including teaching students how climate change works, how climate change can impact personal and public health, and how to use art to address climate change and other universal themes.