BBC Bitesize released new revision pages on climate change in July this year which seemed to stir up much disapproval amongst the online climate community. This is because the website has a section which highlighted the positives of the climate crisis alongside the negatives. Fortunately following criticism, the BBC made amendments to the page, removing their list of positives from the resources. However, we didn’t want to let this pass without addressing the implications of this...
In recent weeks you may have seen and heard about the campaign to #StopCambo, a new oil field which Shell and Siccar Point Energy are seeking approval from the UK government for. The oil field, named Cambo, would be situated in the North of Scotland in the sea west of Shetland.
On Wednesday 11th August, the day after A-level, AS-level and Scottish results day and the day before GCSE results day across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Teach the Future took our calls for increased climate education to Gavin Williamson’s doorstep: at the Department for Education in London.
Following the IPCC report issuing its most severe warning on climate yet, students from across the country came together outside the Department of Education to demand urgent action over a curriculum which is failing to address the current crisis.
Earlier this week it was announced that Latin will be introduced at 40 state secondary schools in England. A £4m Department for Education scheme will initially be rolled out across 40 schools as part of a four year pilot programme for 11 to 16 year olds starting in September 2022. Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson said the subject is not ‘for the privileged few’ and has keen ambitions to end the subjects 'elitist' status.
Teach The Future’s main goal is to achieve an education system where students are taught an adequate amount about the climate crisis - but why is this so important?
As Nelson Mandela once said, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Education plays such a huge role in our lives and is responsible for the development of humanity. But what if our education system is outdated? What if we’re doing this all wrong? How could we adapt the way we learn to keep up with the modern world?
A commitment to Climate Justice means strengthening and reaffirming the statement at the centre of Disability Justice: that no body or mind is disposable. The white supremacist mindset that says people are only valued if they are able to perform productivity for the profit of the rich is the same mindset that denies Disabled, racialised and poor people the right to live, and then to live meaningful lives, and the same mindset that scorches, drowns and chokes the Earth.
We've spoken a lot about climate justice and what that means for our campaign - as climate justice activists, we must stand up for marginalised communities who are hit the hardest by the environmental breakdown. The Palestinian residents of Gaza and the West Bank are massively affected by the impacts of the climate crisis. As a country in the so-called 'global north' the UK is complicit in settler colonialism happening right now in Palestine. We recognise that we have a huge amount of privilege as well as a platform - therefore it is our responsibility to stand up for the freedom of Palestine and its people.