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- Currently, the United States has no formal environmental education policy. Earth Day Network (EDN) hopes to change that, moving environmental literacy out of the grassroots realm and into policy. This article highlights the importance of educating the next generation on issues related to climate and the environment, not just for political reasons, but to prepare our kids for the future workforce.
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Kentucky’s two senators, Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, are both “skeptical” that human behavior has caused climate change. But since 2011, when, following years of planning and collaboration by scientists and educators, the state approved its Environmental Literacy Plan, students there are taught the reverse. High schoolers, in chemistry class, learn how methane emissions alter the makeup of the Earth’s atmosphere and contribute to global warming.