All eyes on November 5 amid calls to decarbonise schools by 2030

We must decarbonise the education estate by 2030, restore sustainability as a core pillar of our curriculum, and make the school run as green as possible as part of our response to the climate crisis.

With the UN’s climate change conference COP26 taking place in Glasgow from November 9 to 19, teachers are calling upon the Department for Education (DfE) to set out decisive steps to fully embed climate change education in the system.

The DfE’s newly formed Sustainability and Climate Change Unit is due to unveil its climate strategy on November 5, after which a period of consultation will take place. The official launch is not planned until April 2022. Education secretary Nadhim Zahawi is due to take part in an education ministers roundtable with UNESCO during COP26.

Now, four of the biggest teaching unions in England have written a joint letter to Mr Zahawi, calling for definitive action. The unions accused the government this week of having “yet to grasp the gravity of the situation”. They want to see:

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