Because our children will need to know what is happening - and make no mistake it definitely is happening. Glaciers are melting all over the planet, the Arctic sea ice is dropping to record lows and extreme weather events are getting more extreme and frequent all the time. All the climatologists (98 out of 100) who have dedicated their lives to studying, publishing on and understanding in immense complex depth how our climate works are agreed that the rise in global carbon dioxide levels (280 ppm pre-Industrial to 400ppm now) and other Greenhouse gases are inevitably going to lead to dramatic and ongoing climatic changes. We have to act to slow the rate of these changes which - due to thermal inertia and the gases already in our atmosphere - cannot be halted. We have to be smart about this, adapt where we can, alter our views and physical landscapes to accept reality, rethink some things we now do (burning fossil fuels) and may have to do in future (geoengineering) and keep acting again - and we have to let our kids know so they can do the same as wisely as possible because this problem isn't something that's going to disappear however much we may wish it to.
Climate change is a natural process, the Earth goes through cycles of cooling and warming. Even if this is not as a result of human interference, the more young people who understand, the better equipped future generations will be to dealing with it.
Surely the debate about climate change is not about what causes it - but what can be done about it!!
To those who voted no, religion cannot be proved yet that is still taught in schools. Religion and climate change have existed for thousands of years, both are just theories... There are more similarities than people think - so shouldn't climate change be added to the curriculum alongside religious studies?
Climate change has occurred since the time that earth was around. Global warming has also been around for some time. Now, I wonder if people are arguing about whether or not the current global warming trend is being accelerated by the hominid species that inhabit this planet? If that is the debate, well then I still vote that this needs to be acknowledged. You want evidence? I've seen the data firsthand and its hard to interpret any other way given our current technologies.
I think that there is nothing wrong with the teaching of climate change to the children of America. The problems that we have with pollution and climate change in this country are significant, and we would do well to educate our kids as to what they can do about it.
Current debates for and against global warming aside, climate change is nothing new. Millions of years ago, Earth entered and then emerged from an ice age. We teach about this in science classes. The likelihood of the planet's climate going through a change like that within the next few million years is statistically large.
Schools must teach students about the current issues related to science in the schools. There are many comments here disputing the science of climate change. However, these comments are simply false. It is almost certain that none of these comments are written by scientists. So why don't you listen to the scientists?
It's sad that 97% of scientists agree that global warming is human-caused, yet the American public can't seem to get it through their heads. We are headed down a dangerous path if we let our children continue to make the same mistakes we did. We should be teaching climate change with just as much rationality as we do evolution.
No, climate change should not be taught in high schools as I do not believe that there is enough scientific proof to validate the teaching of climate change. I believe that climate change is a made up notion, and that there are some people in the world getting rich off of the idea of climate change.
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Global warming doesn't exist,earth has gone through change for billions of years,what you're saying is man is responsible wrong and what really angers me is that u think it's gonna happen so soon wrong again it takes millions of years to change from hot to cold,if anything earth is in the goldilocks zone right now and earth was another venus when it formed earth cooled down,after the dinosaurs,it cooled down,after ice age it raised in temperature and not to mention the long lost super continent Pangaea spliting up in 7.It's not an accident and it's not caused by man made technologies,if anything earth isn't finished forming yet and it will take millions of more years to evolve.So don't u get it? It's all about evolution. Nothing we can do to stop it,and no reason trying to prevent it and that's why my boy and other kids every where should not be taught this hipster,tree hugging,ass kissing,butt licking,HORSE!SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kids should be taught about actual science in science class! Instead of learning about global warming, students should be taught about more important things. The purpose of science class is to learn three main basics: life, physics, and weather (and to advance, progress, and learn more throughout your later academic life). Students should be able to comprehend these main concepts. They should also be able to reach certain standards and expectations for their grade level curriculum.
Climate change is already taught in classrooms; but, not improvable Global Warming hysteria.
The idea that the natural process of climate change is caused by man and carbon dioxide levels is silly, as silly as Al Gore's book "An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can do about it."
Carbon dioxide levels have been much higher in earth’s history. “As measured in ice cores dated over many thousands of years, CO2 levels move up and down AFTER the temperature has done so, and thus are the RESULT OF, NOT THE CAUSE of warming. There is solid evidence that, as temperatures move up and down naturally and cyclically through solar radiation, orbital and galactic influences, the warming surface layers of the earth's oceans expel more CO2 as a result.”
There have been 5 major ice ages on earth in its 4.57 billion year history. We are actually still in the last glaciation period or ice age that began 2.6 million years ago at the start of the Pleistocene epoch; because the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets still exist; we are still in a thawing period.
In most of earth’s history, the Earth is not in an Ice Age, and the average global temperature is about 22 °C (71 °F). According to NASA, in 2012, the average global temperature is 58.3 F and 14.6 C. Since 1880 the global temperature have risen 1.4 degrees F; but it is nowhere near what the Earth’s temperature has been during most of earth’s history.
During most of earth’s history, ice sheets are almost completely absent, found only at high altitudes (alpine glaciers) when the earth is at its normal temperatures. The poles are cold, but not covered in ice, and forests extend from pole to pole. Dinosaur fossils have been found at less than 10° latitude from the ancient South Pole. Only during about 15% of the Earth's history has there been an Ice Age.
What is the most plausible explanation of why the Global temperature changes? The tilt of the earth in relation to the sun.
Everyone knows that the seasons change because of earth’s orbit around the sun which takes about 365 days. But, most people know nothing about the eccentricity of the Earth's orbit. The earth’s orbit undergoes a cyclical change from less eccentric to more eccentric and back, a cycle; one complete cycle last about 100,000 years. These orbital changes take from about 100,000 years to 400,000 years to complete – the Milankovitch theory. During these periods of orbital changes, the global temperatures of earth can vary. These orbital changes have changed throughout the 4.6 billion year history of earth.
The above facts should be taught in classrooms, not Global Warming hysteria, which is based solely on improvable unreliable data and conjecture.