Children getting poor education on climate change, survey finds

According to a survey, children are not being properly educated about climate change because teachers have not received adequate training.

According to the results of the survey, more than two out of three teachers have not received enough training to educate students about climate change.

Now the Teach the Future campaign group, which commissioned the research, is calling for climate change education to be covered across the curriculum.

The survey of more than 7,600 teachers across the UK shows that 70% of teachers need more training on the subject.

The 70 percent said they did not feel they received adequate training to educate students about climate change, its effects on the environment and societies around the world, and how those effects can be addressed .

It comes after students across the UK took part in a series of school strikes before the coronavirus pandemic led by climate activist Greta Thunberg to raise awareness about climate change.

Another poll for the report of more than 500 teachers found that 41% of teachers say climate change is rarely or never mentioned in school.

The survey results suggest that nearly two in three teachers say climate change is taught in science classes or geography, while less than a fifth (17%) say it is mentioned in other core subjects.

However, more than nine in ten (92%) of teachers said they had concerns about climate change and one in five said they were “very concerned”.

To address this, the youth-led campaign group Teach the Future is calling for all students to be educated about the effects of climate change and how to manage it.

Dr. Meryl Batchelder, science teacher at Corbridge Middle School in Northumberland, said: “It is important that climate change is a common theme in the curriculum. Not just in science and geography, but also in food science, RE, math, English, and the arts.

“Therefore, climate education is essential for teachers so that they have the confidence to address the topic properly, avoid the pitfalls and provide sensitive support to their students.”

Dorothy Joddrell, a student activist at Teach the Future, said, “The purpose of education is to prepare young people for the future – at the moment it is not.”

“Our lives are significantly affected by climate change, and our education should therefore prepare us to adapt to the climate crisis, empower us to contribute to its solutions and achieve climate justice.

“To ensure that all students can benefit from climate education, the government needs to make it an integral part of the overall curriculum, not restrict most of it to an elective.”

Teacher Tapp surveyed 7,682 teachers across the UK in February.

Opinium surveyed 503 teachers across the UK between October and November last year.


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