Call to Action

Achieving environmental literacy for all is going to take action in a variety of areas, from policy-making to providing student access to connect with nature. Below are three different examples of what progress can look like: advocacy for science and climate education; a youth-led movement to get outdoors; and an action agenda for creating green schoolyards.    

Together, what can we achieve for our community?

Read about how the impact of nature connects to psychological, emotional and physical health. Outdoors for All: A nascent global movement proclaims that access to nature is a human right 

NSTA Position Statement Released: The Teaching of Climate Science

NSTA recently issued a position statement calling for greater support for science educators in teaching evidence-based science, including climate science and climate change. The statement promotes the teaching of climate change as any other established field of science and calls on teachers to reject pressures to eliminate or de-emphasize climate-based science concepts in science instruction.

Read the NSTA press release on the challenges of teaching climate change.

Read a Q&A with NSTA position statement panel members.

Young girl in sunhat hiking with a walking stick

Let’s G.O.!  is a youth-inspired, youth led Children & Nature initiative to rally people of all ages to get outside and spend time in nature. We’re encouraging inter-generational groups to get outside, be active, have fun and connect with nature. Families, teachers, students, mentors, grandparents and grand friends – especially children and youth – are invited and urged to participate.

Young girl holding a chicken in a garden classroom

Any organization or individual interested in increasing equitable access to nature is invited to endorse the Green Schoolyards Action Agenda and its vision that “all U.S. communities offer access to green schoolyards by 2050 to enhance children’s healthy development, community wellbeing and positive environmental impacts.”