STATEMENT FROM EARTHDAY.ORG PRESIDENT ON UNITED KINGDOM DRAFT CLIMATE EDUCATION PLANS
November 5, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Regarding today’s announcement from the United Kingdom’s Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi in relation to the new draft strategy to implement climate education, Kathleen Rogers, President of EARTHDAY.ORG, said:
“High-quality, integrated climate education, coupled with civics, is critical for the next generation to meet the challenges and opportunities unfolding in the 21st century. The knowledge and skills that come from climate and environmental education will prepare youth to prevent further environmental deterioration, engage with governments to address local climate demands, shop sustainably, and contribute to a booming green economy.
While we at EARTHDAY.ORG are very pleased to witness the United Kingdom institute measures for climate education, this is just a starting place. Governments need to further raise their ambition in this arena if they want to indeed accomplish their climate change commitments. As a part of these measures, school infrastructure, educator resources and science-based curriculum must be included.
EARTHDAY.ORG and our partners will continue to work to catalyze international support for strong outcomes on climate and environmental literacy at COP26. This conference is the last frontier to take vital climate action before it is too late. Global youth, educators, and civil society are watching.”
EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day (1970), EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in 192 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Learn more at earthday.org.
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