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No Child Left Inside
*The NCLI Coalition extends its thanks to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection for the use of "No Child Left Inside."

Talking Points

Use the information below when meeting with members of Congress and their staff.

Talking Points for Congresspeople Who Are Supporters

Targets: All NCLI Co-sponsors
E-mail Subject Line: Thank You for supporting the No Child Left Inside Act

Talking Points:

  • The NCLI Legislation represents a critical opportunity to give American students the knowledge that they will need to make informed personal decisions and act as responsible citizens as they face environmental challenges that previous generations never imagined.
  • The No Child Left Inside Act of 2009 addresses critical environmental challenges by strengthening and expanding environmental education in America's classrooms.
  • Environmental education has been shown to excite students. It engages them in their world, and it gets them in the outdoors.
  • Environmental education also promotes higher-order thinking skills and is correlated with higher test scores in math and reading.
  • Environmental Education is the foundation for creating the green workforce of the new economy.
  • There is inadequate funding for environmental education, both at the state and federal levels.
  • Please continue to support environmental education as the No Child Left Inside Act is reintroduced and educate your colleagues on the importance of the legislation.


Talking Points Urging Congresspeople to Support

Targets: Congresspeople who have not taken a position on the NCLI Act of 2009
E-mail Subject Line: Support the No Child Left Inside Act

Talking Points:

  • The No Child Left Inside Act of 2009 addresses critical environmental challenges by strengthening and expanding environmental education in America's classrooms.
  • Environmental education is critical now because of the complex environmental challenges confronting the nation and world, which require an informed citizenry, and engaged, knowledgeable individuals.
  • Environmental education has been shown to excite students. It engages them in their world, and it gets them in the outdoors. EE also promotes higher order thinking skills and is correlated with higher test scores in math and reading.
  • Environmental Education is the foundation for creating the green workforce of the new economy.
  • There is inadequate funding for environmental education, both at the state and federal levels.
  • Please support environmental education for all students by voting for H.R. 3036, the No Child Left Inside Act.


Background: The No Child Left InsideSM Coalition is a national coalition of nearly 1500 business, health, youth, faith, recreational, and environmental and educational groups representing over 47.5 million Americans. The Coalition was formed to alert Congress and the public to the need for our schools to devote more resources and attention to environmental education.

Goal: The Coalition is working to support legislation sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland and Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island to ensure that every student achieves basic environmental literacy. The No Child Left Inside Act would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) to include environmental education for the first time. The legislation would provide new funding for environmental education, particularly to develop rigorous standards, train teachers and to develop state environmental literacy plans. It also proposes giving states that develop such environmental literacy plans access to additional funds.