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Research by Teach the Future has revealed that 70% of UK teachers have not received adequate training to educate students on climate change, its implications for the environment and societies around the world, and how these implications can be addressed.
The campaign in Scotland said: “We believe that climate action and thus climate education policy must be at the forefront of the election as the education system is currently not preparing students and pupils for the challenges we face now and in the future nor is it empowering students to fight for climate justice. Therefore, it is essential that climate education is embedded through the curriculum and this starts with the inclusion of our asks in party manifestos. We thank the Scottish Green Party for taking this important step.”
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly three quarters of British teachers say they have not had enough training to educate students about climate change, the implications of global warming and how best to confront them, a poll showed on Tuesday.
Teach the Future, a campaign formed by secondary school students who went on strike against climate change in 2019, want the topic to be taught across the curriculum.
Most teachers have not been given enough training to do it, campaigners say
Young campaigners called for the climate crisis to be covered across the whole curriculum to prepare kids for their futures
I am delighted to have been appointed by the UK COP26 Presidency to be the UK Youth Representative on the Government of Italy's Youth4Climate Advisory Committee. I will help support the planning for the Youth4Climate2021: Driving Ambition event, which is being held in Milan from the 28th – 30th September 2021.
Climate change education in Scotland’s classrooms is vital to equip younger generations with skills to combat the crisis
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.”
Both bills were organised by the Teach the Future campaign, which wants the education system to have a greater focus on the climate emergency.
In five years’ time, every student at Sheffield University – whether they study maths, music or drama – will also need to get to grips with sustainability.