We're campaigning for Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills Shirley-Anne Somerville to implement 4 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.
Our Scottish campaign has two parent organisations, Fridays For Future Scotland and National Union of Students Scotland. We are supported by SOS-UK (Students Organising for Sustainability).
Our volunteers, supported by staff, have created four asks for the Scottish Government. These have been developed specifically for education in Scotland. We will be presented these at a Parliamentary Reception to MSPs, Councillors, students and stakeholders on the 22nd of March. You can read about the event in our blog post.
Our campaign asks for the Scottish Government:
ASK 1: Mainstream inclusion of climate justice education across the curriculum
ASK 2: Inclusion of the climate emergency and ecological crisis in teacher education and a new professional teaching qualification
ASK 3: Increased priority for sustainability in school inspections
ASK 4: Educational buildings put at the front of the queue to be retrofitted to net-zero standards
You can read more about our process and details on each asks in our full policy document here.
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Reflections and highlights from the Teach the Future Scotland Parliamentary Reception and their updated campaign asks.
“Without climate education, I don’t see the value in going to school at all,” says Eleanor Andrade May, a quantitative social science student at the University of Sheffield (p 4). This is a disconcerting statement. When students are unable to see the connection between their studies and their future, it suggests a deep flaw in our education system. Fundamentally, we are failing our young people. But young people are taking action. Eleanor is part of Teach the Future, a youth-led campaign that aims to repurpose the UK’s entire education system around the climate emergency, and this action makes for a very positive statement. Teach the Future’s vision is for broad climate education in the UK. Futurum’s vision is to help students connect the subjects they are learning in school to real-world research projects, all of which aim to solve pressing societal needs. Where there is vision, there is action, and this is how to teach the future.
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.
The key moments and achievements of TtF Scotland so far...
Over the past months, members of Teach the Future Scotland have been lobbying the five key parties in Scotland for the inclusion of our asks and policy recommendations in each parties manifestos. This is a milestone for our campaign as it means we can effectively hold the government to account on these policies.I will go and rank each party on the inclusion of our asks in their manifesto as well as the general embedding of climate education.
On Thursday 6th of May, the Scottish Parliament elections will take place. This is an election where climate must be a priority. This election gives candidates the opportunity to show that they support educating Scottish youth on the climate and ecological emergency and ensuring they are prepared for the future they will face.
On the week commencing the 12th of April Teach the Future ran a week of action. Did you see our volunteers around the country? Or our projections onto parliament?
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.”
At the end of the ice age, peatlands formed all over Europe. The Flow Country is a vast area of about 200,000 hectares in Caithness and Sutherland in Scotland. It holds over 400,000 hectares of the blanket blog, which only forms in cold places with lots of rain, like Scotland.
‘The Climate Hot Seat’ has been organised by young people aged 13-32 representing seven youth organisations in Scotland. The event is specifically for young people to hold Scotland’s party leaders accountable for their climate action and to give other young people valuable information in advance of casting their vote. In the invitation to party leaders, the group said: