The Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi has said that schoolchildren as young as five will be taught climate change in science lessons.
Zahawi believes that one of the “key weapons” for climate change is to teach children that humans harm the planet and the aim is for teachers to educate children over their impact on planet earth.
The Education Secretary announced his proposals during his speech at the COP26 where a new “model science curriculum” and will “equip young people with the skills and knowledge to build a sustainable future.”
He added, “The COP26 summit has further amplified the UK’s commitments to become a world leader in sustainability right across the education system by engaging young people and bringing them on our journey towards net zero and a green future.”
Zahawi wants to promote biodiversity by introducing wildlife features along with plans to have climate change taught in other lessons at secondary schools including English.
James Bowen, Director of Policy for school leaders’ union the NAHT, told the Times that changes to the curriculum.
“There is a huge amount of good work already taking place in schools to reduce their carbon footprint and we know this generation of pupils are passionate about bringing about meaningful change,” he said.
“A coherent national strategy is essential if we are to see real impact.
“The Government must be truly ambitious, not just looking to new buildings but also at how the existing school estate can be made as environmentally friendly as possible.”
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, added that children are “fed up with platitudes and will be hoping that COP26 delivers real progress.”