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Day two of David Pecker testimony wraps in NY Trump trial; Supreme Court hears arguments on Idaho's near-total abortion ban; ND sees a flurry of campaigning among Native candidates; and NH lags behind other states in restricting firearms at polling sites.

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The Senate moves forward with a foreign aid package. A North Carolina judge overturns an aged law penalizing released felons. And child protection groups call a Texas immigration policy traumatic for kids.

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Wyoming needs more educators who can teach kids trade skills, a proposal to open 40-thousand acres of an Ohio forest to fracking has environmental advocates alarmed and rural communities lure bicyclists with state-of-the-art bike trail systems.

NH youth spearhead resolution to improve students’ climate change education

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Monday, February 19, 2024   

New Hampshire lawmakers are requesting state education officials improve students' understanding of the climate crisis and better prepare them for a growing green economy.

A House resolution cited educators who have found student knowledge of climate change helps move them from environmental apathy to action.

Rep. Wendy Thomas, D-Merrimack, said it was young climate activists themselves who approached her to write the resolution and have been presenting it to school boards statewide.

"Kids around New Hampshire are going to hear about it and they're going to be inspired to do something themselves," Thomas asserted. "I think that's the beauty behind this."

New Hampshire's education standards addressing climate change receive high marks from the National Academy of Sciences but Thomas argued they need updating. She pointed out the Legislature is essentially deadlocked when it comes to climate-related bills and young people are watching.

America's green energy workforce grew nearly 4% from 2021 to 2022, adding nearly 300,000 jobs. In New Hampshire, nearly 650 jobs were added in the energy efficiency sector, power generation and others.

Thomas emphasized improving education around climate change will not only help students learn ways to solve the crisis but take advantage of new job opportunities.

"There's going to be scientists and geologists," Thomas noted. "I mean there's going to all kinds of new fields sort of opening up that will be dedicated to mitigating climate change."

Thomas added the growth of clean energy and other climate-related jobs will be an important factor in whether young people choose to stay in New Hampshire after high school graduation.

A recent survey found for residents ages 20-40, the state's desirability has declined since 2017. But more than 40% of respondents believe the state is marginally better than other places to live for the quality of jobs and career opportunities.


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