Sunday, January 28, 2024

Shaping young minds

Adirondack Youth Climate Summit participants hold an ”I Am Pro Snow” rally at Mount Van Hoevenberg in 2016

Teachers and students in New York public schools may get more climate education direction and lessons.

Several educators from the North Country are supporting a bill to expand climate education in New York classrooms.

Introduced by Sen. Andrew Gounardes, D-Brooklyn, and Assembly member JoAnne Simon, D-Brooklyn, the new legislation would direct teachers to prepare and instruct science, adaptation and career-focused lessons on climate change.

Although students receive some climate education in public schools, many environmentalists and teachers say the instruction doesn’t measure up to the severity of the global issue.

Click the link to read about the bill and why some Adirondackers are pushing for it.

Storm aftermath

Bridges and trails damaged by the major storms in July have been repaired in the town of Newcomb. The bridges were repaired by the Department of Environmental Conservation with the towns of Newcomb, Indian Lake and Long Lake, Tim Rowland writes.

Read the story here.

Graphic for Hold the Salt conference

The Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force in September released a detailed report outlining a path to lower salt use in the Adirondack Park and statewide.

With a panel of task force members and other experts, the Adirondack Explorer will examine what’s in the report, how to carry out its recommendations and the latest in the long-running movement to combat road salt pollution in the park.

RSVP here.


Here are some stories I’m paying attention to:

NYT: White House Said to Delay Decision on Enormous Natural Gas Export Terminal

The White House is directing the Energy Department to expand considerations of climate change and national security related to the project. “The Energy Department has never rejected a proposed natural gas project because of its expected environmental impact.”

Inside Climate News: A Historic and Devastating Drought in the Amazon Was Caused by Climate Change, Researchers Say

“The recent drought, brought on by excessive temperatures and a lack of rain, triggered forest-destroying fires, pushed river levels in some areas to their lowest points on record and overheated waters that killed at least 150 Amazonian river dolphins.”

Vox: Surprise! There’s a reason to be (cautiously) optimistic about the climate.

“There’s a lot of that in environmentalism where it’s often pointing fingers, and I think that’s really ineffective at getting people to change. But change in yourself can often be really infectious and people get interested.”

Listen to a short NPR story: Experts urged to better translate climate science so people can understand it


Photo at top: Adirondack Youth Climate Summit participants hold an ”I Am Pro Snow” rally at Mount Van Hoevenberg in 2016. Explorer file photo by Mike Lynch.

This first appeared in Chloe’s weekly “Climate Matters” newsletter. Click here to sign up.

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Chloe Bennett is a climate change reporter based in Lake Placid, NY. Originally from North Texas, Chloe has always been drawn to the natural world. In 2022, she graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY where she focused on environmental reporting and audio production. She grew a deep appreciation for the Adirondack Park while interning for the Explorer in the summer of 2022.

3 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    Our family home was in Indian Lake from 1962 through about 1972. Others of you who had driver’s licenses at that time might share my best recollection that roads stayed coated with packed snow roughened up a smidge with sand. Had to learn to drive all over again every April. I’ll also throw in the discouraging thought that if the resolution of climate change depends in significant part on worldwide personal agreement, please keep in mind the statesman who assured us that COVID would peter out by Easter of 2020.

  2. Dave says:

    Shaping? Indoctrinating is the word you’re looking for.

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