Action: keep climate change in school curriculum

13 Jun 2011

Millions of people are represented in a letter countering suggestions that climate change should be dropped from the school's science curriculum. Join them and take our email action now

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“It appears to us entirely contradictory for a government that aspires to be the ‘greenest ever’ and sees climate change as ‘one of the gravest threats we face’ to actively remove from the national science curriculum the issue of climate change.”

The letter goes on to outline the importance of studying the science behind the issue for the next generation and the green economy.

The Guardian reported that the government adviser in charge of overhauling the school syllabus in England has recommended that climate change should not be included in the national curriculum.

Awareness of climate change science and an understanding of its causes and solutions are absolutely key to tackling the biggest threat facing the planet, and people on it. Use the e-action below to let Tim Oates and Secretary of State Michael Gove know what you think of this recommendation to exclude climate change from the national curriculum.

Over 1600 people have sent the e-action so far

Please adapt the suggested text and subject line below, and remember to:

  • be polite
  • let Tim Oates know if you are a student, teacher or parent
  • tell him how important your own knowledge and understanding of climate change has been to you

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When the action was active, this was our suggested text.

Don't take climate change off the curriculum

FAO: Mr Tim Oates & Rt Hon Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove I am a [student / teacher / parent] I am deeply disturbed to learn that you are recommending to the government that climate change no longer be taught through the national curriculum. It is absolutely crucial that young people be taught how human activity and natural processes can lead to changes in the environment and about ways in which living things and the environment need to be protected. Without knowledge and understanding of the social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change, how can we expect young people to be ready to deal with the impacts and help find the solutions to climate change that will play such a huge role in their futures? Climate change is widely accepted as the biggest threat facing our planet and billions of people on it. Given the government's commitment to being "the greenest government ever" it would be shameful and tragic for the UK to actively undermine the central opportunities that our young people have through the curriculum to explore the much-needed climate solutions of renewable energy, recycling and sustainable resource management. I urge you to reconsider your dangerous recommendation, Yours sincerely,

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