May 14, 2014
Climate Parents’ Statement On Efforts to Censor Climate Science Education In Oklahoma
Oklahoma City -- A committee in the Oklahoma House of Representatives today voted to reject a new set of science standards, primarily over concerns about its treatment of climate change. Oklahoma could become the second state, joining Wyoming, to reject the Next Generation Science Standards. Lisa Hoyos, founder and director of Climate Parents, a grassroots organization that has been advocating across the country for climate science education, issued the following statement:
“Kids deserve access to the best science education available and lawmakers have no right to interfere because, for political reasons, they want to deny kids the facts about climate change.
“Climate change is not a matter of belief--it is accepted science. This April was the 350th consecutive month with global temperatures above the 20th century average, yet another signifier that climate change is already here. (1) Our communities are suffering the effects of severe weather and extreme drought. This reality can’t be wished away by any politician with an agenda.
“Climate Parents will be working with families in Oklahoma to sound the alarm about these harmful and disingenuous political games. We expect state leaders to act responsibly on behalf of our kids and defeat any efforts to censor science education.”
CONTACT: Daniel Kessler, 510-501-1779, firstname.lastname@example.org
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