Green Light for Comprehensive Climate Change Education

Pizmony-Levy, Oren; Koch, Pamela Ann; Rivet, Ann E.

The education sector – including K-12 schools, higher and post-secondary institutions, and informal sites where learning happens (e.g., museums, parks, zoos) – can play an important role in our collective effort to address climate change. Despite the importance of the education sector in climate mitigation and adaptation, research into how the general public view this issue is relatively limited. In this research brief we extend past research by examining Americans' views of comprehensive climate change education that includes a whole-school approach to climate change education (i.e., curriculum and operations). Using a representative sample of adults in the US (n=2,019), we show that most Americans support teaching different climate-related contents and competencies, empowering and preparing students for the future, and taking actions to reduce schools’ carbon footprint. The level of support, however, varies by political ideology.

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