As the co-leader of the Climate Resilience Education Task Force with the National Wildlife Federation, WE ACT has been working to get climate justice education included as part of the K-12 curriculum in New York State schools. And you can help by joining us (register below) for an Albany Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 6!
We and our fellow task force members are heading up to Albany to meet with legislators and their staff to advocate for our climate justice education bill (S.278A/A.1559A), which would establish a course of instruction and learning expectations on climate education in all of the state’s public elementary and secondary schools. It is the most comprehensive climate education bill ever proposed in New York, and high school students, teachers, college professors, and other education professionals helped draft it. And having you and other members of our community participate in these advocacy meetings will be crucial to convincing them to support this legislation.
Our colleagues at the National Wildlife Federation have organized this, the last of three Climate Education Advocacy Days (Tuesday, January 23 and Tuesday, January 30). Food and transportation will be provided for these day-long trips. The bus will depart at 6:30 AM on Tuesday, February 6 from the New York Society for Ethical Culture, which is located at 2 West 64th Street (on the corner of Central Park West). The bus will return to this location around 8:00 PM that same day. And to give you a better understanding of what’s involved in these trips, you can watch this short video.
If you are new to lobbying or want to learn more about the bill before going, there will be two virtual prep meetings held via Zoom. The first will be at 10:00 AM on Monday, January 15 (MLK Day), and you can join that Zoom by clicking here. The second will be at 5:00 PM on Monday, January 22), and you can join that Zoom by clicking here.
The bus will not wait for latecomers. Please only sign up if you are sure of you can attend; if you don’t show up, you are taking a seat away from someone else. And students under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or other adult chaperone, will be required to sign a permission form, and may need a letter to be excused from school.