(September 23, 2010)- U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan vowed on Tuesday that his department would work to make American children into good environmental citizens through federally subsidized school programs beginning as early as kindergarten that teach children about climate change and prepare them to contribute to the workforce through green jobs. Right now, in the second decade of the 21st century, preparing our children to be good environmental citizens is some of the most important work any of us can do. Its work that will serve future generationsand quite literally sustain our world, Duncan said at the Education Departments Sustainability Education Summit: Citizenship and Pathways for a Green Economy. This weeks sustainability summit represents the first time that the Department is taking a taking a leadership role in the work of educating the next generation of green citizens and preparing them to contribute to the workforce through green jobs, said Duncan. President Obama has made clean, renewable energy a priority because, as he says, its the best way to truly transform our economy, to protect our security, and save our planet. Educators have a central role in this. A well educated citizen knows that we must not act in this generation in ways that endanger the next, said Duncan. They teach students about how the climate is changing. They explain the science behind climate change and how we can change our daily practices to help save the planet. They have a role in preparing students for jobs in the green economy.