Keep climate change in the curriculum

18 Mar 2013

Right now, the government is considering dropping climate change from the national geography curriculum. Join the thousands of people who have already taken action.

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Students going green at the Eden Project

Take action today to help protect climate in the curriculum.

At People & Planet, our experience working in schools and colleges has shown us that teaching about climate change is crucial to ensuring a new generation of young people who understand and are able to be leaders on climate change, taking action to protect the environment and human life.

Prof. Sir David King, the government’s former science adviser, says:

“It would be absurd if the issues around environmental pollution weren’t core to the curriculum. I think we would be abdicating our duty to future generations if we didn’t teach these things in the curriculum.”

Tell Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, and Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to keep climate change in the curriculum.

Personalised emails are more effective, but we’ve provided a draft template for you to adapt below. Please remember to:

  • let them know if you are a student, teacher, parent - or just concerned by this move
  • tell them how important your own knowledge and understanding of climate change has been to you
  • be polite!

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

Keep climate change in the curriculum

FAO The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP and The Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, I am a student / teacher / parent [or other - everyone can take action!]. I am deeply concerned to learn that climate change is to be removed from the national geography curriculum under new draft guidelines for key stages one to three. Climate change is one of the greatest problems facing us today and it is imperative that young people learn not just the science of climate change, but also its impacts on humans. The interdependence of humans and our environment and sustainable development are key concepts currently embedded in the curriculum that must be protected. I believe that teaching about climate change is crucial to ensuring a new generation of young people who understand and are able to be leaders on climate change, taking action to protect the environment and human life. 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 geography curriculum to explore the human impacts of climate change. I urge you to reconsider this disturbing move and to keep climate change in the geography curriculum for professional educators to teach. Yours sincerely,