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Climate change: How schools can strike back

Now is the time to think about climate change within the broader context of what your school wants to achieve through its teaching. Alan Kinder offers some advice

Last month saw the latest in a series of “climate strikes” in schools, universities and other organisations across the UK and worldwide, originally inspired by the young Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg and now known as Fridays for Future.

The problems identified and demands made by prominent campaigns in the UK, such as Teach the Future (backed by the UK Student Climate Network and National Union of Students), and Extinction Rebellion (which in October campaigned outside the Department for Education asking for changes to how climate is taught in the curriculum), are wide-ranging.

To generalise from these, it seems clear that many young people are concerned about their future and at the same time determined to change society’s attitudes to environmental issues.

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