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Don’t Confuse Us With the Facts
California-Based Group Promotes
Climate Change Indoctrination for Wyoming Students
Climate Parents is a national group that is involved in climate and social justice campaigns across our nation. They have recently targeted our state, claiming that “Wyoming is for coal over kids.” They have even posted this message on their Facebook page banner. They have also posted several press releases that smear the words of our State School Board Chairman and other elected leaders. They are attempting to influence decisions made by Wyoming citizens regarding the Next Generation Science Standards and their views on anthropogenic climate change. Climate Parents wants this taught as an accepted scientific fact.
Climate Parents and Citizens Engagement Lab are out of Berkeley, CA and New York, NY. They have had representatives on-site at a public meeting held in Casper prior to the SBE Meeting concerning the NGSS. The Wyoming Legislature defunded the implementation of the NGSS because of the outpouring of citizens’ voices. These voices were not just concerned about the teaching of climate, but the quality of the standards overall with weak content that was given a “C” rating by the Fordham Institute. This along with teaching anthropogenic climate change and Darwinian Evolution as settled science is the reason parents spoke up in Wyoming.
Lisa Hoyos is the co-founder of Climate Parents. Her bio on KeyWiki states, “In the mid 1990s Lisa Hoyos served on the Board of Directors Oakland based Institute for Social and Economic Studies- sponsor of Cross Roads magazine, which sought to promote dialogue and building new alliances among progressives and leftists… and to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements.”
It is quite clear what their agenda is as it is also freely stated on their website:
“Citizen Engagement Laboratory launched the CEL Climate Lab in 2011 to strengthen the U.S. climate organizing and communications landscape, particularly in terms of rapid response capacity. We believe the primary obstacle to climate action in the U.S. is a lack of cultural and political will, and we pursue three primary strategies for building that will:
You can view a copy of their Open Letter to the State Board of Education HERE!
The majority of the 14,000 signatures on their petition are from out-of-state members. However, it is concerning that signatures from Wyoming educators, scientists and individuals are included and agree that the SBE should abandon the law as they, “urge the board to put legislative politics aside and carry out your duty to adopt [NGSS]. . . ”
Local control of education is where the power of the individual is heard. This is a parental right, for their voice to be heard and for it to be taken to the powers that can make change. This is what happened when the legislature acted.
You can very clearly see their agenda by visiting their website and Facebook page. In fact they are using a scare tactic to teach our children with cartoons and encouraging parents to have their children view them. This comic was produced in partnership by Years of Living Dangerously and Symbolia Magazine and can be seen HERE:
If you haven’t already PLEASE write Wyoming legislators and the Governor to inform them of what this group is really about, and that you don’t want outside organizations to have influence over Wyoming policy. Only the voices of Wyoming citizens and parents of Wyoming children should count in this discussion, and Climate Parents as a national group has a political agenda and an utter disconnect with the realities of Wyoming’s needs, interests, and children. Further, what this group is actually advocating is that the SBE ignore the budget footnote before them and in fact, disregard the law. You may want to include pertinent links to Climate Parent websites we’ve provided in our article so legislators can see for themselves. Contact info provided below:
Governor Mead: firstname.lastname@example.org
The debate over Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) has raised a lot of questions in Wyoming about environmental education. The NGSS seek to imbue students with a particular view regarding the manner in which humans should respond to climate change, sustainability, and other such issues.
Environmental science often reduces to matters of opinion about many controversial issues. The fact that the NGSS take a position on these issues seems to be inconsistent with the view of the U.S. Supreme Court that the state should not prescribe what is “orthodox in politics, religion, nationalism or other matters of opinion.” (West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette)
Several core ideas in NGSS, including this one, deal with the controversial issue of climate change: “Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (‘global warming’).”
While there is evidence that global temperatures may be slowly rising, the causes and future effects of “global warming” are still being debated. In particular, students should be aware that there is widespread debate among climate scientists over (a) the extent to which greenhouse gases (GHG) contribute to changes in global temperature, (b) the degree of climate sensitivity to atmospheric carbon dioxide, (c) whether the consequences of GHG warming will be net beneficial or net harmful, and (d) whether the benefits of any attempts to reduce GHG emissions would be worth the costs. The curriculum needs to be balanced and objective on this topic.
The general idea of protecting the environment and conserving natural resources is not controversial. However, environmental science deals with “politics, religion and other matters of opinion.” It is questionable whether schools should even address unsettled environmental issues with impressionable young minds. If environmental science issues are discussed, then the state assumes an enormous burden of presenting the issues objectively so that they will have a neutral effect. It seems clear that NGSS coverage of environmental issues like climate change lacks the necessary objectivity.