The Council of the City of New York
Office of Costa Constantinides
For Immediate Release
April 22, 2016
Contact: Shachar Sharon
On Earth Day: Constantinides Celebrates Council Adoption of Resolution for Climate Change Education
New York City Hall – Council Member Costa Constantinides today celebrated the adoption of his Res. 375, which calls on New York State to include climate change in the K-12 curriculum. The New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to pass the Resolution at the April 20th Stated Meeting.
While the risks of climate change impact everything from our national security to our global economy, climate change is currently limited to a small corner of the science curriculum. Res. 375 calls on the State to include climate change not only in science but also in politics, economics, and history lessons.
Constantinides said, “To achieve long-lasting effects in our environmental efforts, future generations must be engaged. Students should be equipped with the knowledge and 21st century concepts they’ll need to care for our planet. That’s why it’s so important that they learn about the environment and climate change throughout their school day. We must work together to make the future of our planet better for our children. This Resolution seeks to include students as a key aspect of our efforts to combat climate change. I thank my Council colleagues for their support and urge our state to implement this policy.”
Constantinides was joined in support by State Senator Michael Gianaris and climate change education advocacy group Global Kids.
“As the author of New York’s Clean Energy Law and sponsor of legislation to combat climate change, I hold great pride in being a leader for our environment and am proud to support Councilmember Constantinides’ resolution,” said Senator Michael Gianaris. “I will continue to fight for an environmentally-friendly future and wish all a Happy Earth Day.”
“It’s time we began educating one another on what’s really going on with climate change and what we can do,” testified Global Kids Leader and High School for Medical Professions Senior Brianna Johnson. “In order to have a massive effect on climate change, people must first be well educated! Once we’ve been educated, we can then and only then fight to save what’s been destroyed by climate change.”
Council Member Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair the City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee and sits on six additional committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.