IMPORTANT CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION PLAN FOR SCHOOLS
At present, world leaders have returned from Glasgow (many in their private jets), having made little meaningful progress toward 'keeping 1.5 alive' i.e to undertake real and immediate action to reduce the lethal carbon emissions which are causing climate change.
Climate Change, as we know, has already caused, and continues to cause, famine, drought, floods, cyclones, melting ice caps, unprecedented heat and other extreme weather events which are taking peoples' homes, food, livelihoods and even lives.
These unfairly affect countries in the Global South, who have done the least to cause climate change and some of the worst effects have already reached the industrialised North. Despite repeated heartfelt, even desperate, calls from young people in this and every other country in the world to secure them a safer and sustainable future, their leaders do not appear to be taking their concerns seriously enough. Great pronouncements and promises have been made but we need to see real significant action to reduce emissions without delay.
Yet not only do numerous local and national governments not effect many (or any) significant, sustainable changes, but most schools globally are not taking the situation seriously enough either. For various reasons they are delaying or ignoring the need to make sustainability/climate change mitigation the most important and visible aspect of the school curriculum and everyday life. Even some Conservative politicians are now calling for pupils to learn about climate change and its mitigation in schools. In the absence of leadership and commitment from our national and some local politicians and officials, we must take matters into our own hands and work for action 'from the bottom up' rather than from the top down'
If we do not provide Education for Sustainability (EfS)/Climate Change (CC) Education for our children, then we are failing them by not fitting them for a future which will be very different from that for which we are educating today.
EfS/Climate Change Education must permeate every area of the curriculum and every aspect of the everyday life and maintenance of the school in order to affect young minds as well as school greenhouse gas emissions.
That's why we, at Sustainable Hackney (Education for Sustainability Network), have a prestigious, exciting Hackney Project (details below) in mind to help cut carbon in schools and support the stated aims of COP 26 as well as Hackney Council's Climate Emergency plans to reduce emissions throughout the borough.