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The History of the Task Force

The Climate and Resilience Education Task Force was launched on May 31, 2018 - a day when many out-of-town guests were convening in New York City to attend the first Resilient Schools Consortium (RiSC) Summit on June 1st at Brooklyn College. It was suggested that the RiSC team convene a meeting with stakeholders to discuss the prospect of working together to advance climate and resiliency literacy in New York City. The meeting was successful and generated interest in continuing the conversations. The Task Force has met regularly since its formation and has established themed working groups as well as a Youth Steering Committee. In November 2018, the body sent a letter to NYC's Chief Climate Policy Advisor, Dan Zarrilli, recommending that mention of the importance of climate and resiliency education be included in the next iteration of NYC's strategic plan, OneNYC2050, published April 2019. The request was acknowledged on page 21,Volume 7, 'A Livable Climate.' The Task Force is convened by the National Wildlife Federation in New York City.