2023 Climate Literacy Act

State leaders have made significant investments to address the ongoing impacts of our changing climate, including those set forth in the Act on Climate, which sets mandatory, enforceable climate emissions reduction goals leading the state to achieve net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050.

The Rhode Island Climate Change and Ocean Protection Education and Workforce Development Acts (S-551 & S-558 / H-6105 & H-6106) introduced by Senator Lawson and Representative Cortvriend are solid steps towards ensuring that our young people are prepared to embrace our growing green and blue economies, take action towards addressing environmental challenges, and be civically engaged with climate and environmental policies. Climate change and ocean protection education provides transformative learning experiences that provide a variety of benefits to students such as an improvement in academic performance (including test scores), critical thinking skills, and personal growth and life-building skills such as confidence and autonomy. Climate change education is supported by the majority of Rhode Island parents and teachers.

Stay tuned for details about how to help pass this important legislation!

It is only when people speak up that real change can happen. Join with us to make sure that our emerging workforce are climate and ocean literate!