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Experts from around the nation meet to tackle climate literacy
"We have lots of information about climate change, but much of it is falling on deaf ears," says Mark McCaffrey, NCSE policy director. "That's because 90% of Americans admit they're not very well informed about climate change, but 75% would like to know more."
Climate change expert Ben Santer joins forces with NCSE
Dr. Benjamin D. Santer, a noted climate researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has joined NCSE's board of directors. Santer, who has devoted years to identifying the role humans play in climate change, will advise NCSE on its new climate change education initiative.
A new initiative in the struggle for quality science education
Science education is under attack—again.
This time it's under attack by climate change deniers, who ignore a mountain of evidence gathered over the last fifty years that the planet is warming and that humans are largely responsible. These deniers attempt to sabotage science education with fringe ideas, pseudoscience, and outright lies.
But the National Center for Science Education won't let 'em get away with it.
NCSE conducts monthly webinars (interactive online trainings), and archives those trainings for later viewing. These trainings will cover a range of topics, from media skills, lobbying, and advocacy using social media, to skills for building a local or statewide group of "citizens for science" and for recruiting new members and moving them into leadership positions.
Webinar conducted November 25, 2013.
Description: What can citizens like you do to respond when science education comes under attack? How can you and other concerned citizens organize to fight back? What can you do to prevent attacks on science education in your community?
Teachers often feel the need to use supplementary materials when covering climate change, particularly because the topic is often left unaddressed in state science standards, curricula, and textbooks. Unfortunately, climate change deniers have developed and are distributing supplementary materials (such as lesson plans and DVDs) that foster confusion about the occurrence, causes, and consequences of climate change.
When Tennessee's legislature debated a "Monkey Bill" in 2012, NCSE joined with concerned citizens to protect science classes. The bill's text singles out evolution and climate change, as if those topics were scientifically controversial, and it blocks school administrators from maintaining a consistent curriculum. It opens the door for creationist parents or students to disrupt classrooms, or for teachers who deny the basic science of climate change to present pseudoscience.
An anti-evolution and climate change-denying bill (SB 893/HB 368) could come to a vote in the Tennessee legislature as early as Monday, March 19. The teachers, parents, and scientists of Tennessee need your help to stop it.