E3 Washington supports environmental and sustainability education (ESE) for all WA students. We serve as a...
Catalyst: advocating for strong environment and sustainability education policies;
Convener: supporting teachers and other educators with networks, and resources;
Communicator: sharing ESE teaching resources, partnerships, learning opportunities and a calendar of events.
SUPPORT CLIMATE SCIENCE EDUCATION IN WA
In 2018 the Legislature provided $4M for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Education Service Districts & Community Based Organizations to support teacher training in climate science instruction.
Now is the time to let your representatives know that you support Climate Science Education funding in Governor Inslee and the legislative budgets.
National Wildlife Federation
Pacific Education Institute
Washington Green Schools
Ask Your Washington State Members of Congress to Support Funding for Environmental Education Before March 25th!
NOW is the time to contact your Members of Congress to urge support for budget appropriations for key programs at EPA & NOAA.
Each year, members of Congress submit letters to the Appropriations Committees in each chamber asking that funding for programs important to his or her constituents be included in the budget. Appropriators look at how many of their colleagues signed on to each letter and allocate funds based in part on the level of support for any given program. That's why the focus of our federal environmental education appropriations effort is to ask your legislators to sign onto Congressional “Dear Colleague” letters asking the House Appropriations Committees to include key EE programs again in the FY 2020 federal budget; the Senate process will start within a week or so.
Deadline for signatures on the House letter is March 25th for the EPA Office of Environmental Education programs, and the combined NOAA Bay and Watershed Education and Training program, and Environmental Literacy Program letter. Senate deadline will be in early April. For more information, and example letters, go to: NAAEE Advocacy.
Washington State Senator Patty Murray is on both the Appropriations and the Education committees
Senator Maria Cantwell is on the Energy and Commerce Committee
House Representative Derek Kilmer leads the Appropriations Committee and serves on the Interior Subcommittee
Representative Jaime Herrera-Beutler is on the Appropriations Committee
Kim Schrier is a freshman, and we want to focus on new representatives
Please also reach out to Representatives: Pramila Jayapal, Suzan DelBene, Rick Larsen, Adam Smith and Denny Heck.
NOTE: If you or your organization has ever received funding from one of these federal programs, make sure to emphasize how the program has directly benefited you, your organization, and the district/state.
E3 Washington 2018 in Review:
· Worked with our partners to help Governor Jay Inslee pass a $4 Million appropriation to support climate literacy through Next Generation Science Standards, more here;
· Cosponsored the Science, Climate and Environment Day inaugural event drawing students from across WA to showcase their climate research projects at the State Capitol;
· Co-hosted the North American Association for Environmental Education 2018 national conference, October 9-13, 2018, in Spokane. EE: A Force for the Future drew over 1,400 environmental educators from across the country and around the world.
E3 works to increase and equitably distribute ESE programs, resources and opportunities for educators and students across WA. Join E3 if you want to support our work.
Fourth National Climate Assessment
Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States
The National Climate Assessment (NCA) assesses the science of climate change and variability and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century. This report was thoroughly reviewed by external experts and the general public, as well as the Federal Government (including, several rounds of technical and policy review by the 13 federal agencies). An expert external peer review of the whole report was performed by an ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).
The report finds that for communities…
Climate change creates new risks and exacerbates existing vulnerabilities in communities across the United States, presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth.
Major Victory for Climate Education and K-12 Students Across the State
With the signing of ESSB 6032 March 27, 2018, Governor Inslee achieved a major victory for Washington climate education and K-12. With this bill, Washington also advances to leading the nation in K-12 Climate Science Education having become the first state in the country to dedicate significant support for climate education.
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