As your recent editorial points out, so much depends on climate literacy ("Our View: Climate literacy continues to improve," Aug. 9).

Without scientific and mathematical literacy, everything is magical, and not necessarily in a good way. Superstition, rumor and conspiracy theories are in charge when science doesn't exist. Disaster is the certain destination of climate ignorance.

Concerned citizens should support Mass Audubon Society's public education literacy project, which calls for graduates of the K-14 education system to understand:

• the fundamental processes and principles that influence climate

• natural cycles in climate

• human impact on the climate

• how changes in climate influence physical systems, ecosystems, and society

• why the scientific community is convinced that human-generated climate change is under way, and

• the likelihood of various scenarios of climate change.

The Society’s position is based on work reported in Climate Change Education, Formal Settings, K-14, a project approved by the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

Unfortunately, scientific literacy and even the idea that there are facts are under continuous assault by the Trump administration and its many allies. It is our patriotic duty to demand that schools, at all levels, make sure that our kids understand as much about the costs of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as they do about the Instagram and Irrational’s BioShock, a two-person video game set in the sort of dystopian world that almost no one in his/her right mind really wants to live in.

Michael Sales

Newburyport