NYC Students Learn How to Build a Climate Resilient Future
Led by the National Wildlife Federation and supported by federal and local partners, the aim of the RiSC program and curriculum is to educate youth in NYC schools about climate change science and climate impacts, as well as natural and built solutions that increase climate resiliency. RiSC engages students in knowledge-sharing through a variety of communication campaigns and provides access to hands-on projects—like tree planting and dune restoration—that mitigate the impacts of extreme weather.
The program also creates opportunities for meaningful interactions with resilience practitioners, community members, and decision makers in NYC. The Climate and Resilience Education Task Force, which grew out of RiSC, is a body comprised of teachrs, students, city, state, and federal officlals, and NGO partners dedicated to expanding climate education in NYC's K–16 schools. A new Youth Steering Committee is moving a variety of projects forward with partners and adult mentors (www.cretf.org).