After reading this report on NPR’s Morning Edition, I began to think climate change education was in the same league as sex education. But these results will shift very quickly, and those who still deny climate change at the end of 2019 will be looking for ways to rationalize their position, even though the evidence will be staring them in the face. It is already staring them in the face.
At this late date, we would probably have to halt education altogether if we wanted to keep children from seeing what’s going on with climate change. How do you respond to a child who asks, “Why is the water coming up through the street drains?” “Why is grandpa’s rice farm under water? What happened to those people’s island homes? Why are all those people walking with big packs on their backs? Why are the coral reefs so white? Why are there so few glaciers left in Glacier National Park? Why did all those bats die in Australia?”
Whether the topic is animals, energy, or hurricanes and wildfires, “When they read information, through their research, put out by reliable scientists, they arrive at climate change again and again.”NPR Poll on Climate Change Education