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Our Climate Crisis Is an Education Crisis (Spring 2010)

posted May 24, 2011, 1:16 PM by James Hodina

By the editors of Rethinking Schools

In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) wrote, “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level.” According to environmentalist Bill McKibben, unless we immediately begin to change course and dramatically reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, we may “lose forever the basic architecture of our planet,” with unimaginable consequences.

How well are schools equipping our students to confront the climate emergency?