WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ben Velderman of EAGnews.org reports that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Gina McCarthy wants America’s public schools to teach man-made climate change as a scientific fact, and to teach it in a way that inspires students to become environmental activists.
When asked by the news site IrishAmerica.com if climate change should be part of the educational system, McCarthy answered, “Very much so,” stating:
I think part of the challenge of explaining climate change is that it requires a level of science and a level of forward thinking and you’ve got to teach that to kids.
People didn’t have a sense of how dramatic climate change really is, and what it means for all of us. So that’s been a challenge. But what’s great about renewables is that when you put a solar panel on the roof of a school, you change the entire dynamic of education for the students. It’s hands-on.
When you wanted to get people active in the environmental world a while ago it was recycling, because you could do it yourself. Part of the challenge today is to make all of these things [affecting climate change] personal enough so that people can get engaged and get active, and feel like there are things we can do together. That’s the hump we need to cross in climate control and I think we’re doing that. I really do, I think people are getting active and engaged.
McCarthy will get her wish if states adopt "Next Generation Science Standards," which are part of the Common Core. According to the New York Times, the standards “assert that human activity has affected the climate.”