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.
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.
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.
Here are some stories I’m paying attention to:
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.”
“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.”
“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.
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