Educational Advocacy

NESTA collaborates with other professional education associations, scientific societies, and federal agencies to promote and advocate for Earth System Science education. We develop position statements on key issues facing Earth and Space Science Education. We support other organizations at an international, national, state, and local level, writing letters, endorsing their efforts, and sharing statements they have written. We alert our members and the public at large when scientific findings are misrepresented in educational materials. We respond to media requests to elaborate on our advocacy efforts and stances.

Responses to Issues and Events

Scientists Agree on Climate Change: NESTA's Response to the Heartland Institute's Recent Mailing to Teachers

Over the last few months, tens of thousands of teachers around the country received an unsolicited package from the Heartland Institute that includes a booklet and a DVD. These materials are deceptive, appearing to be scientific, yet blatantly misrepresent scientific findings and data analyses. Read our response.

Position Statements

Why Earth Science?

Earth Science Education is as essential and relevant today as it was when NESTA was founded in 1983. In 1987, almost 30 years ago, NESTA developed a position statement on the importance of Earth Science Education in K-12 settings. Read our statement.

Endorsements of Other's Efforts

NESTA Endorses the March for Science

NESTA joins its Earth science colleagues at the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, and the National Geoscience Teachers Association in endorsing the March for Science this Earth Day on April 22, 2017.

Advocacy in the News

BuzFeed article: "Alternative" Climate Science Is Being Mailed to Teachers Nationwide

NESTA president, Cheryl Manning is interviewed about the Heartland Institute's materials. Read the article.

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