Time: February 22, 2019 from 12pm to 2pm
Location: Climate Truth for Schools
Street: Old Palace Yard, London, SW1P 3JY, (then on to DfE-Great Smith Street,London SW1P 3BT)
City/Town: Westminster, London
Event Type: social, justice/education
Organized By: Extinction rebellion and UK Youth Climate Coalition (http://bit.ly/youthstrike4climate)
Latest Activity: Feb 10
When was the last time you heard school students discussing their lesson on climate change? Exactly, it doesn’t happen.
So, on the 22nd February, we’re taking this issue right to the heart of the UK school system: the Department of Education. We will demand that those in a position of responsibility face the truth and allow educators to teach it. Please join us. Everyone is very welcome, especially families.
We have sent them this letter outlining our demands: https://goo.gl/hJY2un. You can help by printing it and sending a copy yourself. If you have children in your family, please add their handprints to the letter (in paint) before you send it. The postal address is: Department for Education, 20 Great Smith St, Westminster, London, SW1P 3BT. Thank you.
Why are we doing this?
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just told the world what our future looks like. Yet the science and economics to explain this catastrophe are completely ignored by UK curricula.
While a few independent and specialist schools do address the reality of climate change, most state schools don't. It might be covered briefly in Geography and touched upon in RE lessons, but most worryingly, the Science curriculum could mention the topic as little as four times across the entire course of secondary education. The message is that climate change and climate science are peripheral and undecided issues. What students are principally taught, by the time they have finished their GCSE courses, is that education is a process of acquiring qualifications for the purpose of some future utility - a future that now looks increasingly damned.
We believe young people have the right to know how their planet has been poisoned; we believe they should be empowered to face reality.
Whether you are a student, parent, grandparent, teacher or just someone who cares about education, come and join us on what promises to be a fun day in which we take our concerns to those in power. Families are very, very welcome.
- Schedule for the day to follow.
- If you can make banners/art work/music/sing/wish to speak etc then please make yourself known (post in the discussion). We'll be organising some artwork sessions nearer to the date.
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