EduCCate Global and a group of Teaching Schools in Derbyshire are supporting teachers to train in climate change education in order to equip children to handle an uncertain future on a warming planet. Headteacher Fiona Cowan explains more about the project and her school’s climate change curriculum

“Society is facing the biggest global challenge of our time.” Greta Thunberg, climate campaigner

The words of Greta Thunberg have resonated across the world. With rising temperatures, volatile weather patterns and huge climate-related changes being seen across the planet, how are our children and schools (and teachers) responding?

The scientific community – not least the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – has warned that if greenhouse gas emissions keep increasing, the planet will reach a point of no return. Global warming will become catastrophic and irreversible.

Greta Thunberg is the teenage campaigner who helped to kick-start the global protests led by young people and others calling for governments to act. These young campaigners have been holding “school strikes” for climate change – also know as “Fridays for Future” days. They want change – immediate action to help protect our planet and save their futures. Such drive in ones so young is commendable, but these young people are also showing that they can drive the education they need in order to make a difference.

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