Policy

The Climate and Resilience Education Task Force, comprised of NGOs, teachers, policymakers, and students was launched on May 31, 2018 - a day when many out-of-town guests were convening in New York City to attend the first RiSC Summit on June 1st at Brooklyn College. It was suggested that the RiSC team convene a meeting with stakeholders to discuss the prospect of working together to expand climate and resiliency literacy in New York City. The meeting was successful and generated interest in continuing the conversations. In November 2018, the body sent a letter to NYC's then Chief Climate Policy Advisor, Dan Zarrilli, asking the city to publicly express its support for climate and resiliency education in the next iteration of NYC's strategic plan, OneNYC2050, published April 2019. The request was acknowledged on page 21,Volume 7, 'A Livable Climate.'

The Task Force meets regularly and is currently convened by the National Wildlife Federation and WE ACT for Environmental Justice. A Youth Steering Committee, comprised of high school students in New York, meets weekly and advocates for climate education policy reforms. The whole Task Force collectively takes on significant projects aimed at expanding equitable access to climate education for New York State's 2.6 million K-12 public school students.