This School Year, We Wish for Climate Change Education by Kazi Ateea

This School Year, We Wish for Climate Change Education by Kazi Ateea

Climate change is important because it affects our everyday lives. Melting glaciers,  rising sea levels, and extreme weather are becoming the norm of our lives. In our current global situation, it can be seen with our very own eyes, that our world is falling apart. Day after day, climate change is not only affecting humans but all life on Earth. We are not taking care of our planet the way we should be. However, the people most affected by it are often not aware of how detrimental it is. Developing nations are paying the price for the injustices done by the more But who are those that will be MOST affected by the effects of climate change? The youth.


As the future leaders and caretakers of this planet, the youth will have to face the worst which is yet to come.


Fossil fuel companies and climate change deniers are aware of their actions but continue to heedlessly do as they please. They are polluting our planet and making life more difficult for future generations.


The youth need to have a say in what is happening today. We cannot afford to deal with this tomorrow because this is a NOW problem.  People need to know what is happening to the planet they call home. An article by NovaNext stated that the more people are educated on climate change, the more likely they are to believe it,  as opposed to those who do not believe and are not educated on it. Yet students in some states, such as Wyoming and West Virginia, are being taught that climate change either does not exist or is not human made.



At the same time we see that 90 percent of eighth-graders know that human activity causes climate change, in contrast to more than 90 percent of Republican senators who believe the opposite. The people in our communities, government offices, and world need to be educated on what is really happening.


The more people learn, the smarter they grow. With this knowledge on climate change, the leaders of today will be able to make decisions that will positively impact us, the leaders of tomorrow.


That’s why we, Global Kids’ Human Rights Activist Project (HRAP) student leaders created the Climate Education Campaign. This campaign calls for mandated climate education in all New York City public schools. Through this campaign we have advocated for the introduction and passage of Resolution 0375-2014. We need to make it known that our environment is important and that we need to take care of it. We have taken our campaign to the streets along with our fellow Global Kids youth activists. We’ve joined events like the People’s Climate March and Moral Mondays. We’ve worked with NYC Council Members and had our voices heard at rallies. We are fighting for this resolution because we know that it will create positive change and because the youth have the right to be educated on climate change.


Climate change education will allow for the youth to gain the inspiration they need in order to lead us to be the generation to prevent further damage from climate change. If we do not learn about it in school we will not have the knowledge we need to live up to our potential. We chose this campaign because we feel that it is  most effective way to go right to the source of change. The people who need to know about this issue spend seven hours a day in a building getting taught information they need to contribute to our society. Why shouldn’t climate change be a part of the curriculum?


We need to make sure that the people know what is happening to our earth and how our lives are threatened by climate change. Climate education is a NECESSITY. Climate will help young people like myself learn how to live in a sustainable way.


As we approach the new school year, we hope for awareness to gain for our campaign as well as reach our goal of getting this resolution passed. We encourage everyone in New York City to reach out to their elected representatives and push for climate education for all. Tell your council members to support Resolution #0375 as it is everyone’s right and responsibility to protect the place we call home. Join and support us in making climate education a reality. Support Resolution 0375-2014 in order to create a sustainable future for ourselves and those to come after. Please sign our petition to help pass this resolution.