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Parents Want Schools to Teach Children About Climate Change, Survey Shows


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Of everyone on Earth, climate change is going to affect one generation the most: children. As the climate crisis grows, children are growing into adults, meaning the future of the planet is in their hands. And according to a new survey, most parents wish their children's teachers taught students about climate change and how it impacts the Earth.

NPR and market research company Ipsos partnered to conduct a poll on the topic in March 2019, and they just shared the findings. For the poll, Ipsos surveyed 1,007 adults and 505 teachers (from kindergarten to 12th grade) who lived in the U.S., of which 346 were Democrats, 376 were Republicans, and 193 were Independents. 66 percent of the total group surveyed agreed that schools should teach children about "climate change and its impacts on our environment, economy and society." 68 percent of parents agreed, and 74 percent of teachers agreed. Most notably, 81 percent of Democrats surveyed agreed, and 49 percent of Republicans agreed.