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The climate crisis, the curriculum and CPD

The role of school leadership in ensuring schools respond to the environmental challenges of our generation is crucial, and teacher support and professional development will play a key role. Heena Dave advises


More than ever we are seeing the impacts of human activity on our natural world. The United Nations highlights that limiting global temperature rise to no more than 1.5°C would help us avoid the worst climate impacts and maintain a liveable climate.

While a growing coalition of countries is committing to net-zero emissions by 2050, about half of emissions cuts must be in place by 2030 to keep warming below 1.5°C.

Running alongside this are the challenges we face as a result of wholescale loss of biodiversity. In his forward for the Dasgupta Review, (a Treasury-commissioned independent review on the economics of biodiversity), Sir David Attenborough emphasises that if we continue this damage, whole ecosystems will collapse (Dasgupta, 2021).

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