London, Europe Brief News – Like many young people, campaigner Scarlett Westbrook,18, is scared for the future because of the climate crisis.
She wants significant changes to the curriculum. She wrote the first student-written bill for Parliament to change the Education Act.
Children deserve to be fully prepared for life and work on a heating planet, she said in press statements
“Climate change isn’t just about natural history. It’s about people, it’s about economics, politics, history and arts – and we need to learn that too,” she added.
“There’s not enough information about it, we don’t get told enough or taught enough. We’re going in blind,” explains Harry at St Hilda’s school.
The extreme heat and wildfires in the UK this week could be normal in the coming decades, scientists say.
Children currently study climate change in-depth in GCSE geography and science.
But teenage campaigners say that because climate change is affecting all parts of our lives, it should be taught in all subjects.
Teenagers today are candidates for the 480,000 green jobs that the government has committed to creating by 2030. That includes jobs like being a solar panel engineer or a sustainability manger at a company.
Widening the climate change education provision would help train children in the required skills, experts say.