On the opening day of Climate Week NYC on Monday, September 19, NY Sun Works Executive Director Manuela Zamora issued a statement highlighting the importance of expanding sustainability science and climate education to empower a new generation of New Yorkers to become leaders and climate-aware citizens:
"As Climate Week kicks off in New York City today with environmentalists, educators, and leaders in government and business from around the world, it is critical to spotlight the importance of climate education and urban agriculture in public schools. The climate crisis impacts our environment, our health, our food production, and our infrastructure, and is disproportionately affecting the Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of color, and migrant communities both here in the US and globally."
NY Sun Works is working to ensure that every single New York City public school student has access to climate science education through urban farming. Currently, the organization reaches more than 120,000 students at 300 public schools across the five boroughs through hydroponic classrooms.
"The expansion of urban agriculture programs in schools must be part of our planning to solve global climate change. By investing in our youth today, by handing them the tools and knowledge to tackle climate and environmental justice challenges, we can create a more equitable and sustainable world tomorrow."