Says NPR. A story Wednesday morning featured a courageous teacher who decided to teach her students about the effects of Global Climate Change.
But first, the bad news:
A study in the journal Science this spring found that half of U.S. science teachers spend less than two hours on climate change each year.
This of course means that about 50% of all science teachers in the U.S. spend more than 2 hours on climate change. Two hours seems a lot. Of course they tracked down a teacher spending a lot more time on it:
“You can’t depress the hell out of them … if you want them to start looking for solutions,” she says. “So I don’t really go there. Do I feel that way personally? Yes … but in class I put on my happy face.”
A pivotal moment in Vazquez’s class often comes when her students open an app called Eyes on the Rise, where they plug in their address and learn how far they live above sea level.
“One kid will say, ‘I’m 10 feet above sea level. I’m going to be OK,’ ” Vazquez explains. “I’ll say ‘Yeah, you’ll be on a little hill, but what about everybody else around you? We’re all in this boat together.’ “
Way to go, not depressing the hell out of them! And, guess what? You can’t hide the fact that you’re depressed about climate change! The kids heard the story!
Please teach the kids science.
Is the Earth warming? Well, yes, there’s been slight warming in the past 300 years since the peak of the Little Ice Age. But guess what? There’s no scientific proof that this is caused by carbon dioxide. And simply asserting a hypothesis does not prove it to be true.
But that doesn’t stop environmentalists, activists, and the most troubling – politicians – from calling carbon dioxide a toxic pollutant that will destroy life and bring civilization to its knees.
Additionally, there’s significant evidence for continuous global climate change forever. We had a few ice ages without the influence of mankind, and in between the ice ages, the globe warmed. We don’t remember this because it was so long ago.
Moore is recording a video series on the whole subject: