COP26 was labelled by many as our last chance to mitigate climate change.
The conclusions of COP26’s Education and Environment Ministers Summit have been published (COP26, 2021) and the COP26 committee agreed to the integration of sustainability and climate change in formal education systems. Climate education is to be included in core curriculum components, in guidelines, teacher training, and examination standards.
As we take stock of commitments made (and not made) at the summit, the education community is left to make sense of it all. Undoubtedly there is a need for significant resources and outside support to assist with this curriculum shift, but we must also recognise how our schools are part of the social systems that contribute to the problems.
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