What we want: our vision for broad climate education in the UK
Teach students about climate change.
Students need to be taught about the climate emergency and ecological crisis: how they are caused, what we can do to mitigate them and what our future lives and jobs are going to look like due to them.
Sustainability and these crises need to become key content in all subject areas.
Educators need to be trained in how to teach about these difficult topics sensitively, and they need funding and resources to do this.
Include green skills in many vocational courses.
The UK needs a workforce able to bring us to net-zero emissions by 2050 and make us world leaders in sustainable technologies. Therefore, vocational courses need to include the green skills needed to achieve this.
Make educational buildings climate-friendly.
Our education buildings play an essential role in how and what we learn, by retrofitting them to net-zero emissions by 2030, we can create green jobs across the country and inspire students to live sustainably.
The technical policy/parliamentary stuff:
We've written Teach the Future policy documents that explain how we want these changes to happen and outline why they are necessary (+ some research). You can check it out for England here and Scotland here.
We've also written a draft bill (for England), which you can read more about here.
Finally, we've costed the retrofitting of English education buildings to net-zero at £23 billion, you can see the calculations here.