COP26 climate themed learning campaign

JOINT STATEMENT ON CLIMATE-THEMED LEARNING 

COP26 CAMPAIGN

The climate crisis is the most significant threat confronting humanity, and children and young people stand to lose the most if we fail to address it. With little time left to change direction and keep the global temperature rise below +1.5°C, addressing climate change is more essential than ever. Education has a major role to play in helping to address climate change, enabling learners to understand the climate emergency and ecological crisis and think critically about how they can play their part as we seek to move to a more sustainable world and a better future for them.

To support education staff, the NEU, EIS, UCU, NUS, SOS-UK and Teach the Future are promoting a Climate Learning Month during November 2021 in the run-up to COP26[1].

The aim is to support educators across schools, colleges, universities and other education providers including early years, to integrate activities and themes related to understanding the climate and ecological crisis into this particular month. To help support educators, a set of downloadable climate and sustainability teaching resources and CPD courses have been developed. The focus of the month is supporting educators to work with children and young people to help them understand the urgency of the crisis and how they can help bring about the changes needed for a more sustainable future.

Young people are understandably extremely concerned about the climate crisis. In this context, the refusal of the DfE to consider reviewing the curriculum in England, to make it more relevant to current challenges is deeply frustrating. Educators have a key role to play in teaching about the scale and urgency of the climate crisis and the measures needed to address it. To this end, all governments within the UK must properly resource climate change education and do so as a matter of priority.

Regarding the contribution of this collaboration to support education staff Climate Learning Month will help to foster ideas as to how climate change education may be delivered and how young people can be engaged in this crucial issue in an age-appropriate way.

For further information about the campaign or CPD courses please contact:
EIS: climatechange@eis.org.uk
NEU: climatechange@neu.org.uk and cpd@neu.org.uk
SOS-UK: hello@sos-uk.org
Teach the Future: hello@teachthefuture.uk
UCU: environment@ucu.org.uk

[1] The COP26 event is a global United Nations summit about climate change and how countries are planning to tackle it. It will take place in Glasgow between 1 and 12 November 2021.