I am a newcomer to these forums and I think they are great ! I have been cruising around reading and learning.
This is a website that is very inspiring that I would like to share. I copied and pasted the home page into a text format. It all makes for a good read. I would encourage further exploration of the site.
Healthier Kids, A Healthier World - No Child Left Inside
http://www.cbf.org/site/PageServer?page ... deral_NCLB
Welcome to the home of the No Child Left Inside Coalition. The No Child Left Inside Coalition is a broad-based organization made up of more than 300 member groups from across the United States. Our membership, which is growing steadily, includes environmental, educational, business, public health, outdoor recreation and conservation groups. With tens of millions of members represented, the NCLI Coalition speaks for a diverse group of Americans who believe young people should receive a strong education about their natural world. Check the Coalition list for the full team of NCLI members.
The Coalition’s focus is passage of the federal No Child Left Inside Act. This legislation would authorize major new funding for states to provide high-quality, environmental instruction. Funds would support outdoor learning activities both at school and in non-formal environmental education centers, teacher training and the creation of state environmental literacy plans.
Environmental Education Gets Major Boost as House Committee Approves NCLI Act
We have taken an important step forward as the House Education and Labor Committee has approved an amended version of the No Child Left Inside Act.
As approved by the committee, the Act (HR 3036) creates new funding for training teachers in environmental education and for expanding environmental education programs. It would also provide new funding to states that create environmental literacy plans, which will ensure that all graduates are environmentally literate, and extends the National Environmental Education Act. The bill will go later this summer to a vote in the full House of Representatives.
After the committee voted, leaders of some key NCLI member organizations saluted the committee vote.
“The No Child Left Inside Act would dramatically improve the ability of schools around the country to teach young people about the environment, and we applaud the House Education and Labor Committee for moving it forward,” said William C. Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. “It is critically important to find new ways to get young people outside to explore and learn about the natural world, and this legislation will help do that.”
“Children who spend more time outside before age 11 are much more likely to grow up to be environmentally committed as adults,” said Larry Schweiger, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, which is also a member of the NCLI Coalition. “The No Child Left Inside Act will stimulate environmental education nationwide and help ensure our young people have the tools necessary to face environmental challenges, such as global warming, that they will face as adults.”
Chairman Miller (D- CA) spoke in strong support of Environmental Education and the NCLI Act. Read his full statement.
The House committee vote is just one step in the legislative process, but we applaud the committee for its commitment to environmental education. And we will continue to work with our lead sponsors, Rep. John P. Sarbanes of Maryland and Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, on building support and passing strong legislation.
NCLI Coalition Joins Facebook
We now have our own Facebook group devoted to No Child Left Inside. If you are a Facebook user, please join the group and contribute to the conversation about the legislation and environmental education by visiting www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=28372251592
. Once you've joined the group, invite all your friends to join.
NCLI Website features new look, new tools to help get kids outside
If you haven't been to the Coalition website http://www.nclicoalition.org/
recently, take a few minutes to explore the changes that we have made to help you support the mission. You can find a link to the “Get ’em Outside” video on the homepage, as well as new badges to post on your organizations homepage that will show your support for No Child Left Inside www.cbf.org/nclidownloads
. We will continue to maintain the site as a great place to get the latest information about the progress of the Act, the work of the Coalition and the national movement to get kids learning outdoors again.
Help Spread the News about the “Get ’em Outside” Video
“Get ’em Outside” is a wonderful, five-minute video celebrating the value of environmental education and is quite popular on YouTube. Please embed the video on your organization’s website or provide a link to the video, available here.
NOTE: CBF extends its thanks to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection for the use of "No Child Left Inside."
The No Child Left Inside Coalition is composed of environmental, educational, and public health organizations dedicated to insuring a comprehensive education for all.