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NCSE: Evolution and climate education update: June 21, 2013

June 29th, 2013 · No Comments

NCSE: Evolution and climate education update: June 21, 2013
Dear friends of NCSE,

Congratulations to Bill McKibben. A reminder that you can help NCSE’s
archives. And two voices from evolution from the Sooner State.


NCSE offers its belated congratulations to Bill McKibben on winning
the Sophie Prize, “established to inspire people working towards a
sustainable future,” for 2013, in recognition of his efforts to combat
climate change. According to a press release dated May 27, 2013,


“This planet desperately needs a global mobilizer for change. Fighting
immensely powerful interests[,] McKibben has shown that mobilizing for
change is possible. This brings hope,” the Sophie Prize jury writes in
the jury statement. In the past few years McKibben has been animating
and mobilizing a global movement based on the conviction that if we
are to stay below [2 degrees Celsius; 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit] of
warming, we can emit [no more] than 565 more gigatons of carbon
dioxide. Fossil fuel corporations have more than five times that
amount in coal, oil[,] and gas reserves.


McKibben will receive the award, along with $100,000, in Oslo, Norway,
on October 28, 2013. The founder and chair of the board of the
international climate change campaign 350.org, McKibben is a member of
NCSE’s Advisory Council.

For the press release, visit:

For information about 350.org, visit:


NCSE’s archives house a unique trove of material on the
creationism/evolution controversy, and we regard it as part of our
mission to preserve it for posterity — as well as for occasions such
as Kitzmiller v. Dover, where NCSE’s archives helped to establish the
creationist antecedents of the “intelligent design” movement. And we
are beginning to amass a similar trove of material on disputes over
climate change education. We cordially invite you now to help NCSE’s
archives keep up-to-date by purchasing books for NCSE through our wish
list at Amazon.com. And it’s not just books — of needed hardware,
software, and office equipment are welcome, too! All of these
donations are tax-deductible. We’re pleased to report that 213 items
have been purchased already, and we thank the donors for their
generosity. You can view the catalogue of books in NCSE’s archives at

For NCSE’s wishlist at Amazon.com, visit:

For NCSE’s catalogue at LibraryThing, visit:


The chorus of support for the teaching of evolution continues, with
statements from two biology departments at universities in Oklahoma.

The Department of Biology at the University of Central Oklahoma’s
statement in part reads, “Evolution is defined simply as the change in
allele frequencies (genetic makeup) in a population through time. …
The theory of evolution explains the mechanisms that lead to these
changes. … The theory is modified as new information is acquired
through these tests; however, the overall theory of evolution
continues to be upheld. Support for this theory comes from a variety
of disciplines (e.g., paleontology, morphology, genetics, molecular
biology, ecology, developmental biology, and biogeography). The theory
of evolution is the unifying theory in biology and the fact of
evolution is not controversial in the scientific community.”

The Department of Biological Sciences at Southwest Oklahoma State
University’s statement reads (in its entirety), “Evolution is
supported by overwhelming scientific evidence and is accepted by the
vast majority of scientists. It is fundamental to understanding all
areas of biology, including medicine and conservation. Therefore the
Department of Biological Sciences at Southeastern Oklahoma State
University teaches evolution throughout the biology curriculum. We are
in accordance with the American Association for Advancement of
Science’s statement on evolution. We are a science department, so we
do not teach alternative hypotheses or philosophically deduced
theories that cannot be tested rigorously.”

Both of these statements are now reproduced, by permission, on NCSE’s
website, and will also be contained in the fourth edition of NCSE’s
Voices for Evolution.

For the UCO Department of Biology’s statement (PDF), visit:

For the SOSU Department of Biological Science’s statement (PDF), visit:

And for information on Voices for Evolution, visit:

Thanks for reading. And don’t forget to visit NCSE’s website —
http://ncse.com — where you can always find the latest news on
evolution and climate education and threats to them.


Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
420 40th Street, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609-2509
510-601-7203 x305
fax: 510-601-7204

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