Are schools teaching students how to prepare for the effects of climate change, or how to understand the solutions?

According to an interview with Scarlett Westbrook, the answer is no.

School is meant to prepare us for the future, but that’s not currently happening. We need to build a resilient society that can deal with all of the now-inevitable impacts of the climate crisis, given we’re failing to meet our decarbonization targets. That means ensuring the next generation of workers and citizens are aware of what the climate crisis is, how it’s going to affect them, and the things we can do to change that.

Scarlett Westbrook talking to WIRED

Scarlett Westbrook is a young British climate activist and is believed to be the world’s youngest policy writer, having co-authored a bill with Labour MP Nadia Whittome on transforming climate education. She spoke to WIRED about why she strongly believes that the current climate education in schools in inadequate.

In Teach the Future, a campaign by secondary and tertiary education students, of which Scarlett is a campaign member, research has shown that:

  • 79% of secondary teachers say they are not teaching about the ecological crisis in a meaningful way
  • 4% of students feel that they know a lot about climate change
  • 68% of students want to learn more about the environment
  • 70% of teachers feel they haven’t received adequate training to educate students about climate change

You can read more about why Scarlett believes this to be the case in the news article published in WIRED and also find out more in Teach the Future.

Accredited Carbon Literacy Training for School Leaders is being offered by Satori Education, if you feel this is something that would benefit your school, you can find out more and register your interest by visiting Accredited Carbon Literacy Training for School Leaders.

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