COP26 climate themed learning campaign

JOINT STATEMENT ON CLIMATE-THEMED LEARNING 

COP26 CAMPAIGN

The climate crisis is the most significant threat confronting humanity and our planet. With little time left to turn around the present path and keep global temperature rise below +1.5°C, climate action is more essential than ever. Education must be transformed to rally the fight against climate change and to support a just transition to a more sustainable world.

The NEU, 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, schools, colleges and universities to integrate activities and themes related to understanding the climate and ecological crisis into this particular month; and begin to embed them into our education system. To help support educators in making this campaign a success, a set of downloadable climate and sustainability teaching resources and a specific CPD course has been developed.  The focus of the month is calling on educators to work with children and young people to give a glimpse of a curriculum in which they are informed about the urgency of the crisis facing us and empowered to do something about it.

Young people are deeply concerned about the climate crisis and angry that those in power are destroying their future.  The refusal of the DfE to consider a curriculum review to make our education system adequate for the society we need and implement their legal obligation under Article 12 of the Paris Agreement is a betrayal of the young people in our schools and colleges.  As educators, union members have a key role to play in teaching about the scale of the climate crisis and the measures needed to address it.  This campaign will help to foster ideas as to how this can be done and how young people can be engaged in this crucial issue in an age-appropriate way.  It is also part of a wider continuation of all of our organisations’ campaigning for a review of the curriculum in response to the climate crisis.

To help support educators in making this campaign a success, a set of downloadable climate and sustainability teaching resources and a specific CPD course has been developed.

Please contact 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.