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Portland's Public Schools Are Throwing Out Books That Deny Climate Change

The Oregon city's school board has decided that climate change isn't a two-sided argument.
May 24, 2016, 7:37pm
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Portland, Oregon's public schools are taking a stand against climate change denial rhetoric and have voted to toss out all textbooks that "express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities," the Portland Tribune reports.

Earlier this month, the Portland Public Schools' (PPS) board unanimously voted to pass the proposal that requires all materials and textbooks purchased by the district to present climate change as fact. Former PPS teacher Bill Bigelow wrote the resolution is the the result of a months-long effort to make "'climate literacy' a priority," for Huffington Post.

"We don't want kids in Portland learning material courtesy of the fossil fuel industry," Bigelow wrote.

The decision is another small victory for young environmental activists who are fearful of inheriting a warmer, more polluted world. A change in the classroom might help the government save some time and money fighting with some kids in court over whether or not its inaction on climate change is basically a civil rights violation.