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nicked who’s an ecosystem specialist at the University of Hawaii Manoa, and he says, you know, as agriculture has shrunk those former fields have an overrun by invasive grasses. When I’m talking grasslands. I’m not talking about kind of like me Hi Prairie this is like waste to overhead tropical grass is which got obtain amazing amounts of biomass and so when they burned they burn really explosively mean that’s a big risk especially as climate change makes it hotter and drier so if Y is going to reduce that risk dealing with those fuels is going to be key Lauren summer from NPR’s climate desk reporting from alley. Lauren thank you. Yeah, thanks. Florida is the state to approve videos made by Praeger you kids for use in public schools. The content is geared toward conservative values. It includes videos animated in a way that is appealing to kids as Carrie Sheridan from member station W us F reports teachers can now use it as they see fit. Prager you is not an accredited University it presents itself as educational, but it’s primarily an online media organization Prager you kids produces these catchy short videos, Here’s an intro to one of them pressure you kids is dedicated to teaching what most schools aren’t our American values history and blessings in a other video slavery is portrayed as just something normal for it’s time it even shows a re-creation of Frederick Douglas, who escaped slavery and became an abolitionist in the 18 hundreds there was no real movement anywhere in the World to abolish slavery before the American found slavery was part of lives all over the World. It was America the began the conversation to end that the video ignores that Denmark, Britain and France had already outlawed the trading of slaves while slavery continued here according to vice news, two of the main funders of Prager you Of fracking industry billionaires Dan and Ferris Wilkes and Prager, you kids has a video questioning the origin of climate change. In this one, a narrator sets up a conversation between a girl and her parents, but when her anxiety gets high and she tells them that fossil fuels will soon lead to a climate disaster, they challenge her with some thought-provoking questions. They encourage her to consider how the planet has been warming and cooling since prehistoric times long before carbon emissions were a factor. Can she explain that the science of greenhouse gas emissions doesn’t come up in this video? Jessica Wright, Vice President of the Florida Freedom to read project, says the videos have elements that are accurate, but sometimes they mix in opinions and skip over important facts. I think that a lot of educators who have a traditional education background or they’ve been in the profession for a long time they’re going to be able to recognize in those materials that Prager used, representing what we would refer to as a logical fallacy, meaning the material that you’re reading or listening to might sound like it makes sense. But if you are educated on that topic, you would know that they came to a conclusion that’s not based on fact. Wright says Florida’s endorsement of prager, you kids, means this content could easily make its way into classrooms, because it’s free, easily accessible, and teachers don’t have to ask mission, but in the state of Florida we’re proud to stand for education, not indoctrination in our schools. That’s Governor Randy Santis, his department of Casian, gave the green light for prager, you kids in July the same month. Its founder, conservative radio host Dennis Prager, said this we bring doctrines to children. That’s a very fair statement, I said. But what is the bed of our indoctrination? A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Education said in an email that they I’ve reviewed prager you kids and determined the material aligns to Florida’s revised civics and government standards. She described prager you kids as quote no different than many other resources. Some parents, like Michel Posey, a Conservative who’s running for the State House, say prager you videos are just a counterforce to what she calls a little borough agenda in schools. I used them as a tool in home school and my children. I have a right as the parent to drive that education the way I see fit. It should line up with what I believe no Florida school District has yet announced plans to use prager you kids’ videos, but they can’t stop teachers from showing them either. I do not want my kids exposed to this. Absolutely not. Liz Barker is a mother of four in Sarasota. She says she plans to talk to her kids teachers about her concerns. I think it’s rate when children see multiple perspectives, but if you’re pushing one perspective as being act, that is problematic. Some public school advocates are urging parents to submit an opt out form