By Jason Gonzales
Originally Published January 29, 2024, Chalkbeat Colorado
Colorado lawmakers are considering Senate Bill 14 which aims to introduce a seal of climate literacy for high school graduates, allowing young people to showcase their understanding of environmental issues. Advocates believe this initiative will address the growing demand for climate education and prepare students for green jobs or roles in natural resource management.
To earn the seal, students would complete coursework or demonstrate relevant skills and undertake a project. State Senator Chris Hanson, the bill’s sponsor, emphasizes the importance of equipping students with skills for emerging jobs in renewable energy and sustainability.
Despite concerns from some lawmakers, educators highlight the benefits of integrating climate education into existing curriculum, fostering stronger connections across subjects. If passed, this initiative would parallel Colorado’s existing seal of biliteracy, recognizing proficiency in multiple languages.