We're campaigning for Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to implement 3 specific policy asks, which you can read about in our policy guide here.
We hope that these asks will achieve our vision of broad climate and environmental education.
"I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own" - Audre Lorde
"“It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.”
"If I were to remain silent, I'd be guilty of complicity" - Albert Einstein
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace' - Jimi Hendrix
"Nature: a place where birds fly around uncooked"- Oscar Wilde
Daniel Tucker Bailey
"To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high" - Lt. Col. John McCrae
‘Now we’re going to do the most human thing of all: attempt something futile with a ton of unearned confidence and fail spectacularly!’ – Michael, ‘The Good Place’ 2×10
"If the plan doesn't work, change the plan, but never the goal." - Unknown Author
'If protecting your energy and refusing to entertain things that don't nourish your soul makes you a "bitch"- then go ahead. Be a bitch.' - Florence Given
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." Alice Walker
'Someone else's success is not your failure' - Jim Parsons
Hans Rosling - "you can't use media if you want to understand the world"
"Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light." - Dylan Thomas
Those who do not move, do not notice their chains
"You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand! You say no! You have the guts to do what’s right, even when everyone else just runs away.” - Rose Tyler, Doctor Who
Groucho Marx. "Why should I care about future generations? What have they ever done for me?"
“if the kids are united then we'll never be divided”
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” J.R.R. Tolkien – LOTR: The Fellowship of The Rin
There is no right way to protest because that's what protest is. It can't be considered 'right' by the system that it's protesting. - Trevor Noah
Jude Daniel Smith
Every man is guilty of the good he did not do' - Voltaire
"Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression" - Pythagoras
“The secret to doing anything is believing you can do it” - Bob Ross
"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children"- Native American Proverb
"there comes a time when silence is betrayal"
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb
Gandhi - 'be the change you wish to see in the world'
“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the universe. That makes us something very special.” - Stephen Hawkin
If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” —Shirley Chisholm
Dr Martin Luther King Jr "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
"Cause you never think that the last time is the last time. You think there will be more. You think you have forever, but you don't." -Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy
"When you realise the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future." - Diane Fossey
"Change is the end result of all true learning" Leo Buscaglia
"No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind. - Taylor Swift"
"...nah" - Rosa Parks
"If there is a climate change problem, it is in large part a justice problem" Mary Robinson
The education system consistently caters for the upper classes by ignoring the issues that predominantly affect working class students. We need an education that prepares us for our futures, and is inclusive and supportive of everyone.
Climate change may not seem as imperative and challenging to those who are fortunate not have felt it's adverse affects yet. World hunger is already a major humanitarian crisis; and will only be exasperated by climate change.
Toxic waste. Industrial liquid sludge. These are not words we want to associate with schools. However, the stark reality is, there are schools where there is toxic waste, hazardous materials, and unknown waste lying underneath their very floors.
According to Joe Brindle, campaign coordinator at Teach the Future, this is more than good sense: it is vital. “If we want to transition to net zero, then we need a generation of students – and then workers – who understand the problems we are facing and can contribute to the solutions,” he says. According to the campaign’s research, however, “just 4 per cent of pupils feel that they know a lot about climate change, while 75 per cent of teachers feel that they haven’t received adequate training to be able to educate students about the subject.”
Yesterday, The Guardian published an article entitled ‘Ofsted chief resists calls to make England school curriculum more diverse’ reporting on Amanda Spielman’s speech launching Ofsted’s Annual report. In her speech, Spielman argued against our calls for reform of the education system in response to the climate crisis.
There is now considerable (though by no means universal) agreement with the idea that young people in schools should have an entitlement to learn in some detail about the climate problems we face, and what they individually and collectively might do in terms of adaptation and mitigation. In what follows, NAEE Chair of Trustees, Bill Scott, explores some of the issues using material that NAEE has recently presented at conferences.
"Teach the Future recommends accelerated and consistent delivery of investment into the energy efficiency and carbon reduction of school buildings in the CSR and presents the argument, methodology, and costing for a zero-carbon education estate."
In England, we are pushing for an English Climate Emergency Education Bill, and in Scotland, we are pushing for a Scottish Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Bill. Both are very simple, and I thought it would be a good idea to explain them a bit here.