7. Educating Students About Global Warming

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Politics & Global Warming, September 2021

7. Educating Students About Global Warming

The Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in the United States1 recommend that climate change be included in school science curricula.

A large majority of registered voters (78%) support schools teaching children about the causes, consequences, and potential solutions to global warming. Support spans the political spectrum, including nearly all liberal and moderate/conservative Democrats (97% and 94% respectively), large majorities of Independents (72%; see data tables) and liberal/moderate Republicans (78%), and more than four in ten conservative Republicans (46%).


Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., Rosenthal, S., Kotcher, J., Carman, J., Neyens, L., Goldberg, M., Lacroix, K., & Marlon, J. (2021). Politics & Global Warming, September 2021. Yale University and George Mason University. New Haven, CT: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

Funding Sources

The research was funded by the 11th Hour Project, the Energy Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Grantham Foundation.