One of the most insidious developments that has occurred over the past decade has been the extent to which mainstream media outlets and government-run schools and colleges have acted in concert to deprive the American public—especially young people—of access to objective information about climate change.
A whole generation is being brainwashed into believing long-debunked assertions about an impending “existential climate crisis,” the presence of ever more severe hurricanes and tornadoes, rapidly rising sea levels, and countless other dubious predictions of future climate calamities.
Moreover, the vast majority of America’s youth are completely ignorant about the fact that tens of thousands of scientists believe— and, even more importantly, mountains of scientific evidence show—that humans are not creating an existential climate change crisis.
We will not stand by and watch as this problem persists. On the contrary, The Heartland Institute is taking bold action to provide American students with the truth about global warming and climate science.
In October 2021, at Heartland’s 14th International Conference on Climate Change, we unveiled one of our most important climate initiatives to date: a book for teachers and students titledClimate at a Glance for Teachers and Students: Facts for Climate Realists on 30 Prominent Climate Topics. This lesson book presents scientifically compelling summaries of 30 common climate change topics in a manner that is concise and easy to understand. The 30 summaries present compelling arguments about the reality of hurricanes, droughts, coral reefs, and Earth’s temperature history, among many others. Each summary is between two and four pages, with many including visually appealing graphics that illustrate the main point of the summary. Each summary is an ideal length for a short, yet compelling, daily lesson.
The public school establishment has shut out climate realism from mainstream textbooks and teaching materials. That, however, does not mean climate truth must concede defeat. In 2017, Heartland sent more than 300,000 copies of Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming to middle school, high school, and college science teachers throughout the country. Some teachers ignored the book. Some teachers literally burned the book. Yet, many other teachers used the book as a valuable resource to provide their students with much-needed balance on the global warming topic. We know this because many teachers thanked us for producing and providing the book.
The leftist media and the climate establishment collectively lost their minds and maliciously attacked Heartland after we distributed Why Scientists Disagree. They did so because they realized that piercing their monopoly of alarmist messaging to students is the biggest threat to the left’s climate agenda.
The Heartland Institute will never be bullied into silence. Our children are our future and we have a duty to ensure that they learn the truth, not climate dogma. So, Heartland just ordered a first print run of 100,000 copies of Climate at a Glance for Teachers and Students, and when we receive the physical copies, we will send them to a list of 100,000 high school and middle school science teachers. As we receive donations for additional copies, we will send copies of our lesson book to our full distribution list, which includes all members of Congress and every state legislator in the country.
Additionally, we have made a digital copy of the book available, free of charge, to the general public. We are spreading the word to parents and students so that they can access the best and most objective scientific lessons on climate change topics with the click of a mouse, even if their particular public school teacher refuses to present those lessons.
It is easy to become discouraged when we see America’s youth subjected to a blackout of objective climate science in government-run schools. But with your help, Heartland will continue to enlighten American students with the truth about climate change.