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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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:
We often broadcast all things positive about our campaign, which is great, and it’s amazing that there are lots of good updates, and that we’re making so much progress! However, it’s important to also talk about the challenges we face, so that people can better understand our campaign.
In the lead up to the UN COP26 Climate Conference being hosted in Glasgow, the Teach the Future Scotland team has partnered with a newly-emerging teachers collection, called Sustainability Partnerships. They are working together to host a series of eight climate hustings across every electoral region in the Scottish Parliament, with the aim of providing an open forum for young people to constructively engage with elected representatives, candidates and advisors from an intersection of the political spectrum.
Climate change education in Scotland’s classrooms is vital to equip younger generations with skills to combat the crisis
Teach the Future Scotland are sending an open letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills - John Swinney MSP - in response to the Scottish Government's recent announcement of plans to construct twenty-two new schools across the country and retrofit three existing schools.
After 11 years following the Scottish education system, I have now reached S5 and should have learned all about the severity of the climate crisis in school, but I have not.
You may remember that back in August members of the Teach the Future Scotland attended a meeting with Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and Beatrice Wishart, education spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal democrats. In this meeting, we discussed the asks of our campaign and our experiences of the educational system. Well, we now have an update!