For a full year, students have been putting down their pencils and picking up protest signs for climate change. More now than ever, young people have become concerned about the environment and taken it upon themselves to make a change. But where are they getting the information? It’s not in their schools, that’s for sure. These young people are self taught. But should it have to be that way? Italy will become the first country to implement teaching climate change and sustainability in schools. Even in the United States more than 80% of parents support the teaching of climate change.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration advises that middle school students learn about the effects of climate on animal habitats, and that they should be taught at home and in school that they can be apart of the solutions available for these problems. Suggestions for high school students include using geography to study sea level or biology to study how species adapt.
At Utah State, there a plenty of clubs that can educate students on environmental issues.
–Student Organization of Sustainability and Natural Resources: Students works to show the connection between humans and the natural environment through service opportunities and discussions.
–Sustainability club: Students work to promote sustainable practices on campus, through student events, minimizing food waste, or encouraging sustainability curriculum.
–The Wildlife Society: The USU Chapter of this organization is for students who have an interest in wildlife conservation, management, and viewing.
–Forestry Club: These students’ goal is to advance the science, technology, education, and practice of professional foresters, and to use the knowledge and skill of the profession to benefit society.
–Range Clubs: Students works to continue the education of the public about sustainable rangeland ecosystems.
By Summer Vaughn