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Posted on 09/24/2010 3:58:33 PM PDT by goldendays
U.S. Education Secretary Vows to Make American Children 'Good Environmental Citizens' "Today, I promise you that under my leadership, the Department of Education will be a committed partner in the national effort to build a more environmentally literate and responsible society," said Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Thursday, September 23, 2010 By Nicholas Ballasy
Education Secretary Arne Duncan looks on as President Barack Obama talks to students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (CNSNews.com) - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan vowed on Tuesday that his department would work to make American children into "good environmental citizens" through federally subsidized school programs beginning as early as kindergarten that teach children about climate change and prepare them "to contribute to the workforce through green jobs." Right now, in the second decade of the 21st century, preparing our children to be good environmental citizens is some of the most important work any of us can do. Its work that will serve future generations--and quite literally sustain our world, Duncan said at the Education Departments "Sustainability Education Summit: Citizenship and Pathways for a Green Economy." This weeks sustainability summit represents the first time that the Department is taking a taking a leadership role in the work of educating the next generation of green citizens and preparing them to contribute to the workforce through green jobs, said Duncan. President Obama has made clean, renewable energy a priority because, as he says, its the best way to 'truly transform our economy, to protect our security, and save our planet.' Educators have a central role in this. A well educated citizen knows that we must not act in this generation in ways that endanger the next, said Duncan. They teach students about how the climate is changing. They explain the science behind climate change and how we can change our daily practices to help save the planet. They have a role in preparing students for jobs in the green economy. Historically," Duncan said, "the Department of Education hasnt been doing enough to drive the sustainability movement, and today, I promise that we will be a committed partner in the national effort to build a more environmentally literate and responsible society." "I want my department to help advance the sustainability movement through education," he said.
Duncan explained that the funding for this environmental education will come through a new initiative of the Department of Education called the "Blueprint for Reform." "The president has proposed $265 million for this program in his fiscal 2011 budget," said Duncan. "These grants will support subjects such as the arts, foreign languages, history, and civics--all of which receive funding under current Education Department programs. Because we recognize the importance education plays in the sustainability movement, these grants also will support environmental education." Duncan said that his department's "Blueprint for Reform" envisions environmental education being incorporated into so-called "STEM" classes ("science, technology, engineering and mathematics") for students as young as kindergarten. "These projects have the prospect to build the science of sustainability into the curriculum, starting in kindergarten and extending until the students graduate high school," said Duncan.
Environment to be added to state curriculum
But state board puts off making it a graduation requirement
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun
6:39 p.m. EDT, September 21, 2010
The Maryland State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to make environmental education a part of every student’s education, but put off making it a graduation requirement.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which had advocated for making environmental studies a part of the curriculum, had hoped for stronger requirements than what was passed by the board, but the nonprofit advocacy group said the board’s action was a “partial victory.”
Under the new regulation, high school students will not need to take any additional courses, but environmental education will be added into existing courses, such as biology. Every five years, school districts will have to report to the state on whether they have environmental subject matter in courses that every student must take.
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“The onus needs to be on the school system, not on the students” to prove that courses have been taken, said Donna Hill Staton, a board member.
Don Baugh, vice president for education at the bay foundation, said the organization would work with state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick to help address the school board’s concerns.
“This does not maintain the status quo,” Baugh said. “I think this is an infusion of expectation into schools that environmental education is not considered optional. It is not fit in.”
Baugh said there are still school districts where students are not exposed to environmental science before graduation. But board members said they don’t want to add another requirement to the plates of high schoolers, giving them less flexibility in shaping their high school program. Financial literacy recently became a requirement.
“Every time we add something what does that take away?” Staton said. “I think we are starting to overwhelm the system.”
Board Chairman James H. DeGraffenreidt told the state Department of Education staff after the graduation requirement was defeated in a split vote that more work had to be done to improve the language in the proposed regulation.
But some board members said they would put a high priority on making sure students have environmental knowledge when they graduate. “I don’t know how many things are as important as people understanding the environment,” said board member Ivan C.A. Walks.
If the regulation had been passed, Maryland would have become the first state in the nation to have an environmental graduation requirement, according to the bay foundation.
Why? Don’t they already study fiction in lit?
In stark contrast to what Hillsdale is teaching. This is a recruiting tool for the special Olympics and depression/ADD medication proscriptions.
grounds for termination
END TAXPAYER FUNDED INDOCTRINATION PROGRAMS FOR THE ENVIROWACKOS.
END THE EDU.
SNV Joins the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves as a Founding Partner
SNV joins the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves as a Founding Partner, and pledges $250,000 over the next two years to combat climate change and improve livelihoods and health of women by promoting the adoption of clean cooking solutions
NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Improved cookstoves are a brilliant and simple way to improve people’s lives. As a Founding Partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, represented by Chief Executive, Dirk Elsen, participated in the official launch of the Alliance at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private initiative that aims to create a sustainable global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. SNV pledges to contribute $250,000, as well as provide its extensive expertise in renewable energy, to help the Alliance meet its goal of deploying 100 million cookstoves by 2020. The Alliance will work in cooperation with leading non-profit organizations, foundations, academic institutions, governments and UN agencies to overcome market barriers that currently impede the production, deployment and use of clean cookstoves in the developing world.
Exposure to smoke from traditional cooking methods causes approximately 1.9 million premature deaths annually, with women and young children being the most affected. Smoke from poorly ventilated cooking contributes to various chronic illnesses and acute health impacts such as pneumonia, lung cancer and bronchitis. This reality is highlighted by the World Health Organization’s estimate that smoke from cookstoves is the fourth worst overall health risk factor in developing countries. Reliance on biomass for cooking increases pressure on local natural resources, thereby contributing to climate change. It also obliges women and children to spend many hours each week collecting fuel while often facing personal security risks.
To address these problems, the Alliance aims to develop a global clean cookstove industry that constantly innovates to improve design and performance, while lowering the cost of stoves, thereby reaching thousands of the world’s poor with cleaner and more efficient household cooking solutions. More efficient cookstoves help reduce the amount of time spent collecting fuel, emissions of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, and create revenues from carbon credits. Additionally, creating an efficient and sustainable clean cookstove supply chain design, manufacture, and distribution can help create jobs at the local level.
Dirk Elsen, SNV Chief Executive, stated, “The environment, renewable energy, and improved welfare of women and children are clearly defined SNV strategic concerns and each of our projects around the world is undertaken with them in consideration. Therefore, we are very excited about joining the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves whose mission and goals fit in perfectly with these SNV strategic priorities. As a Founding Partner in the Alliance, we intend to take an active role in helping define standards, encourage research, and set the vision for the global deployment of improved cookstoves.”
Neil Ghosh, Director of SNV-USA added, “Participating in the Alliance’s launch at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative is a terrific opportunity for SNV to help promote the Alliance’s vision and begin sharing our expertise in bio-energy implementation with our co- Founding Partners and other CGI attendees.”
SNV has successfully promoted the implementation of biogas, biofuels and clean cookstove programmes in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It is committed to using its expertise in developing market-based solutions and working with the private, public and non-profit sectors to ensure the worldwide dissemination of bio-energy technologies, thereby improving the health of women and children as well as mitigating the impact of climate change. As a part of the Alliance, SNV can leverage this experience to scale up efforts in the clean cookstove sector, which is reaching a “tipping point” thanks to advances in cookstove design and testing, new research on harmful effects of inefficient cookstoves, an increased awareness of the need to address climate change challenges and ability to reach scale via carbon finance.
SNV is one of the Founding Partners of the Alliance; other major Founding Partners include the United Nations Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of State, World Health Organization, U.S. Department of Energy and United Nations Environmental Programme amongst others. The Alliance is currently seeking additional partners and is looking to secure major funding support for its clean cookstove mission.
SNV is a non-profit international development organisation with headquarters in the Netherlands and staff in 35 countries. For over 40 years, we have worked with national, regional and local governments, entrepreneurs and citizen associations to alleviate poverty. Our advisory services are funded by public and private sources. With over 900 technical advisors and 100 local teams, we provide expertise in agriculture, renewable energy, education, health, water and sanitation, forestry, tourism, governance and private sector development.
About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI):
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 125 current and former heads of state, 15 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 1,700 commitments valued at $57 billion, which have already improved the lives of 220 million people in more than 170 countries. The CGI community also includes CGI University (CGI U), a forum to engage college students in global citizenship, MyCommitment.org, an online portal where anybody can make a Commitment to Action, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young leaders from business, government, and civil society. For more information, visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.
An overview of SNV’s work can be found at: www.snvworld.org
An overview of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves can be found at: www.cleancookstoves.org
SOURCE SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
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Who cares if our school children can read or write or do arithmetic, but they’ll damn sure know how to recycle!!
Hey Arne! Any chance you could take a little time to teach them something like Reading, Math, Science and Civics while you’re at it?
It gets weird.
dumb as a rock, but good enviromental citizens none the less
> U.S. Education Secretary Vows to Make American
> Children ‘Good Environmental Citizens’
Yes, of course, that’s a *LOT* easier than making them academically competitive.
U.S. Dept. of Education ... 18,000 union workers with an $80 billion budget.
And what have they to show for it?
What do all those 18,000 people do, anyway?
HP has over 100,000 employees all over the world, with sales totaling $50 billion, $30 billion less than what it takes to run the Dept. of Education, ans HP shows a PROFIT.
I'd rather they learn economics and money management before they move on to having credit cards and signing on for college debt. How about skills for building a small business, both financial skills and abilities that can generate income?
Silly me. Let the kids figure out for themselves that trees are better than concrete.
Filthy rotten eco-whacko scum.
I guess a person really shouldn’t hope for another to bark in Hell for all eternity. That said, my loathing for this vile scoundrel burns with the fire of a thousand suns.
“appreciation of being a member of the global community”
Fark that. Those bastards don’t like us, and we should act accordingly.
And to clean up their own rooms first, before they take on cleaning up the rest of the planet.
must stop all money from tax payers
"Critical distinctions must be made between sound steps to create a healthier environment and using public education to indoctrinate students as the means to impose a political agenda that mirrors communism. California state Sen. Alan Lowenthal's bill, S.B.1322, to remove long-standing safeguards that prevent "teaching communism with the intent to indoctrinate" coincides with the Education for Sustainability agenda, as it would pave the way to teach these programs in California schools."
The above from Opening the school door to communism
next the green police will be at your home
U.S. Conference of Mayors Endorses EPA’s Energy Star Challenge: Goal to Reduce Energy Use in Public and Private Buildings by 10%
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Contact Information: Enesta Jones, (202) 564-4355 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors endorsed EPA’s Energy Star Challenge as a key strategy in meeting the goals of the conference’s Climate Protection Agreement. As part of the resolution, the organization will encourage its members to support and take the Energy Star Challenge, a national campaign to improve energy efficiency by 10 percent or more in commercial and industrial buildings across the United States.
“The U.S. Conference of Mayors is leading the way on climate protection for cities across the country with the help of Energy Star,” said Bob Meyers, EPA’s acting assistant administrator for Air and Radiation. “Energy efficiency is a win-win for cities looking to save energy and protect the environment.”
The U.S. Conference of Mayors represents America’s 1,139 cities with populations of 30,000 or more. These mayors are uniquely positioned to encourage energy efficiency goals and improvements for city-owned buildings and provide a model for local building owners to follow. EPA will help mayors from coast to coast reduce carbon emissions and decrease energy use with tools and resources to measure and track building energy use, make improvements to existing buildings, and design new buildings for superior energy efficiency.
EPA estimates that if the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings in the United States improved 10 percent, Americans would save $20 billion each year in utility bills for commercial and industrial buildings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from about 30 million vehicles.
More than 100 organizations, including state governments, leading associations, cities and counties have taken the Energy Star Challenge. Businesses, organizations, and governments that are leaders in energy efficiency use about 30 percent less energy than their competitors.
For more information about taking the Energy Star Challenge: http://www.energystar.gov/challenge
Energy Star was started by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. In 2006 alone, Americans with the help of Energy Star saved $14 billion on their energy bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 25 million vehicles. To date, more than 30,000 commercial and industrial buildings have targeted energy efficiency improvements and more than 3,200 of these buildings have earned the Energy Star.
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy designed to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
Just about everyone bought into a bad idea with all of this testing. It's just a way to force the teaching of subjects as they appear on the test.
We certainly don’t need to spend time teaching the students to read, write, and do arithmetic.
“The only way it’s going to stop is if the Department of Education is abolished, and it all goes back to a few state requirements with lots of local control.”
I’m for that, but where will we find a president with the courage to do it and the strength to make it stick?
Maybe Governor Palin? If courage were powder and shot, the rest of the pubbicrats wouldn’t have enough to blow themselves to Hell.
“Green” jobs are a fallacy.
Here in Maine, a backlash has already started against those damn windmills.
Can we do away with Oct and just vote now.
These people are seriously insane.
They believe American Taxpayers are like worker antsgoing out everyday looking for money to feed their BS programs.
To save this nation, the Department of Education MUST be abolished.
I guess I thought the students should learn to read and write and maybe to do some math with out a calculator first, but I guess not.....
The Antichrist spirit.
And people wonder why the dept. of education needs to go.
in the national effort to build a more environmentally literate and responsible societyWe're already seeing that -- tearing off the masks of the global warming demagogues has been a start; showing that they are all about agenda and have zero scientific data behind them is creating a generation of environmentally literate children. Thanks goldendays.
All your child are belong to us.
Kitty Worthman was 12 years old when Hitler came to power in Germany. She pointed out the following progression under Hitlers Nationalization:
1. The radio stations.
2. The banks.
3. The auto industry.
4. The schools.
5. The healthcare industry.
See a similarity here?
:’) Thanks syf.
Who Could Vote (NEA Lesson - pay attention to the assessment)
China’s commerce minister Chen Deming said that Beijing would not back down over the export quotas. “Mass-extraction of rare earth will cause great damage to the environment, that’s why China has tightened controls,” he said, repeating the official line.
Beijing set off shockwaves in early July when it announced a 72pc reduction in rare earth exports over the second half of this year. The country has acquired a near monopoly, with 97pc of global output after under-cutting the rest of the world with Mongolian ores in the 1990s. The sudden cut-off since July has drastically restricted supplies to the rest of world.
The last US mine shut 14 years ago, discouraged by tough US environmental rules. The US General Accounting Office said China now has a “dominant position” with market power. “Rebuilding a US rare earth supply chain may take up to 15 years,” it said.
Washington is examining claims that China’s curbs breach World Trade Organisation rules by giving preferential access to Chinese companies. The US Trade Representative is collecting data from US firms to assess the basis for a legal challenge. There are strong suspicions that Beijing’s aim is to force foreign companies to locate technology plants in China.
Baotou Steel High Tech Co said in February that it was building storage space for 200,000 tonnes of rare earth oxides. The company has since been told to stockpile metals by party bosses in Inner Mongolia. China Daily reports that Baotou and Jiangxi Copper are aligning their policies and now “virtually control” the market.
China claims it will need a growing proportion of these metals for its own industries, but US and Japanese officials say privately that Beijing’s methods are not in keeping with the WTO ethos. Japan has already drafted a “Strategy For Enhancing Stable Supplies of Rare Metals” and has been stockpiling.
Rare earth metals are sprinkled in iPads, BlackBerrys, plasma TVs, lasers, wind turbines, hybrid engines, and smart bombs. They cannot easily be replaced, if at all. Neodymium enhances magnets at high heat, and cerium is used in catalytic converters.
Rare earth ores are not in fact rare, merely scattered and costly to extract. There are ample reserves in the US,
Australia, Canada, Russia, and Greenland. A number of explorers are reopening mines but will not produce significant amounts until mid-decade.
Kitty Worthman said on Glenn Beck's program today that the one saving grace We The People have is the upcoming election in November. MAKE SURE EVEYONE IS REGISTERED TO VOTE. Make sure that seniors and the disabled have transportation to the polls. Make handbills of this hitler/obama comparison, and go door to door. These socialist/marxist/fascist/revolutionary cockroaches in the White House must be exterminated, starting with NOVEMBER.
There, fixed it.
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