Oregon Educators for Climate Education (OECE) is a statewide group of educators working toward Oregon legislation that would integrate and infuse PK-12 climate change education across all core subject areas.

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Time to get active! Copy and paste the following email to support Legislative Concept


Dear _______________________, (Climate Colleague or whoever)

At the request of our students, Oregon Educators for Climate Education have written legislation requiring K12 schools in Oregon to integrate regionally-relevant, hope-inspiring, solution-oriented, climate change lessons across all subjects. The United Nations advises that this is a necessary step if climate goals will be met. Climate Change Education research also suggests that knowing the facts, understanding solutions, and taking action can help alleviate young people's anxiety about the climate crisis.

Oregon Educators for Climate Education and our Student Councils are asking for your support to convince lawmakers that empowering Oregon students with the capacity to effect an equitable, sustainable future deserves their full support.

  1. Starting November 20, email your representatives for virtual or in-person appointments December 7 through January 12. Find their contact info here.

In all your correspondences include this flyer (and also consider cc/bccing it to jskhatter@gmail.com so OECE has a record of the support)

Sample letter for meeting request.


  1. Anytime between December 7 and January 12, email your representatives to voice your support. Find their contact info here. In all your correspondences, please include this flyer (and also consider cc/bccing it to jskhatter@gmail.com so OECE has a record of the support). Sample letter of support.


  1. Share this social media post or poster with your colleagues, friends and family.


  1. If you know students, have them consider making a video to share with legislators that asks them to tell why others should support climate change education legislation.


Thanks for your support!

The OECE Steering Committee


To join or express legislation ideas, please complete THIS BRIEF SURVEY

tinyurl.com/oeces, if you want to share it!

Oregon Education Association (OEA)

Supports Climate Education Legislation!

OEA Representative Assembly Votes YES!

A sea of green cards showing a resounding YES vote from educators all around the State of Oregon.

A Call For Comprehensive Climate Education

By Gavin Jones, Reuters

"International bodies and pressure groups are calling for climate change studies to become a standard part of the school curriculum worldwide, saying the step is vital to reach targets on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation, UNESCO, said this month that environmental studies should be standard teaching in all countries by 2025."

However, as is clear from what students have told us (example, see page 37) almost no explicit attention is given in their education experiences to climate change, climate justice, or associated topics of sustainable agriculture and natural resource use/reciprocity. Even so, empirical data (example) supports the notion that such efforts not only facilitate students' lower-emission decision-making, but also their willingness to promote related structural changes (further reading).




It's time for Oregon

Oregonians LOVE Oregon

No matter what region of the State, Oregonians love Oregon. Known for its wildly diverse environments and ecosystems, the impacts of a changing climate will affect us all. We and our students care deeply for the health of our state, and we suspect that you do too.

(click links below to see some impacts per region)

Coastal Oregon

Western Oregon

Eastern Oregon

What Are Other States Doing?

New Jersey

New Jersey has already implemented Climate-Focused Teaching and Learning Standards (they're embedded in all the content areas listed)

Washington

"The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has partnered with ClimeTime, a Washington public schools initiative for climate science education, to put a $4 million science education grant to work, educating teachers and providing equitable access to STEM education."

Minnesota

"While some educators already teach about humans' impact on the climate, they say writing it into state standards would be added muscle if they face pushback from students or parents. And it would help ensure the topic gets taught." -MPR News

Frameworks for Enacting Climate-Focused Education

Climate-focused education resources and leadership

Several solid frameworks for enacting climate-focused education exist (example a; example b), and such teaching and learning is essential for virtually all aspects of quality of life, and even life itself for many species. Colleges and universities are key, as are primary and secondary settings.

Brookings Institute

A New Green Learning Agenda: Approaches to Quality Education for Climate (BE)

University World News

Universities "Essential" to Climate Action, Says UN Chief (UWN)

Join Us

Interested in joining our statewide coalition?

Please join this discussion to create and refine concrete ideas for climate change/climate justice teaching and learning objectives that could be supported across K-12 (and beyond) in developmentally appropriate ways in virtually all content areas. We are actively drafting legislation ideas, but wish to do so in partnership with as broad a coalition of Oregon students and educators as possible ahead of teaming with many other stakeholders. We believe teacher voice on these objectives, as informed by our students and our professional expertise, is essential to the success of well-rounded policy implementation. Please invite other Oregon students and educators to this opportunity.

With sincerity and solidarity,

Oregon Educators for Climate Education (OECE)

Full Summary

As Reuters' Gavin Jones recently reported, "International bodies and pressure groups are calling for climate change studies to become a standard part of the school curriculum worldwide, saying the step is vital to reach targets on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation, UNESCO, said this month that environmental studies should be standard teaching in all countries by 2025."

However, as is clear from what students have told us (example, see page 37), almost no explicit attention is given in their education experiences to climate change, climate justice, or associated topics of sustainable agriculture and natural resource use/reciprocity. Even so, empirical data (example) supports the notion that such efforts not only facilitate students' lower-emission decision-making, but also their willingness to promote related structural changes (further reading).

New Jersey has already implemented climate-focused teaching and learning standards (they're embedded in all the content areas listed), and the states of Washington and Minnesota are developing their own. For so many reasons, Oregon should be next. Our state is bigger than Uganda, Cambodia, or Great Britain, and has wildly diverse environments and ecosystems. We and our students care deeply for the health of our state, and we suspect that you do too. Several solid frameworks for enacting climate-focused education exist (example a; example b), and such teaching and learning is essential for virtually all aspects of quality of life, and even life itself for many species. Colleges and universities are key, as are primary and secondary settings.

Please join this discussion to create and refine concrete ideas for climate change/climate justice teaching and learning objectives that could be supported across K-12 (and beyond) in developmentally appropriate ways in virtually all content areas. We are actively drafting legislation ideas, but wish to do so in partnership with as broad a coalition of Oregon students and educators as possible ahead of teaming with many other stakeholders. We believe teacher voice on these objectives, as informed by our students and our professional expertise, is essential to the success of well-rounded policy implementation. Please invite other Oregon students and educators to this opportunity.

To join or express legislation ideas, please complete this brief survey (tinyurl.com/oeces, if you want to share it!).

With sincerity and solidarity,

Oregon Educators for Climate Education (OECE)