SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Adriane Johnson advanced a measure Tuesday to enhance student knowledge on climate control.

“Our youth are already engaged on the topic of climate change and are eager to learn more about the real solutions and how it impacts all aspects of society,” said Johnson (D- Buffalo Grove). “Learning opportunities should be available to students to further their understanding of potential solutions to the issues climate changes poses.”

House Bill 4895 would task public schools in Illinois with providing learning opportunities on the environmental and ecological impacts of climate change and solutions for addressing the crisis. Schools would be granted the flexibility to decide whether to create a separate class or implement these lessons into existing relevant classes.

“By implementing climate education into the curriculum, we are empowering students to become informed residents who can critically evaluate information, make sustainable choices and advocate for climate change in their communities,” said Johnson. “This is essential for fostering environmental literacy.”

House Bill 4895 passed the Senate Education Committee and heads to the full Senate for further consideration.