Teachers in Maryland and Delaware are getting federal dollars to help in teaching about climate change.
The National Science Foundation is giving $5.8 million to a partnership on climate change education led by the University of Maryland and the University of Delaware. The project is one of six such programs being funded by the foundation.
Dr. Donald Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and director of the new partnership, says the program will help increase understanding of why the climate is changing and the consequences for Maryland and Delaware. The goal of the program is to integrate climate change education into new science standards and environmental literacy requirements in Maryland and Delaware schools.
"Our goal is to provide a basis for our citizens, today and tomorrow, to make individual and collective choices for limiting the magnitude of climate change and adapting to its consequences," Boesch says.
The money will go to implement climate change education in an effort to deliver climate change education that could serve as a national model.
The program admits that climate change is a complex and sensitive topic to teach. The program says it will encourage scientists and educators to work together to ensure scientific objectivity and accuracy in the classroom and promote critical thinking.
The project's website www.madeclear.org will provide access to events and resources and will link to a multimedia site under development by Maryland Public Television.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.