If children are to live with the climate crisis, we must green the curriculum | Meryl Batchelder

It’s clear to me when I teach that sustainability and the environment should be a thread running through every subject

In August 2018, the then 15-year-old Greta Thunberg started spending her school days outside the Swedish parliament calling for stronger action on climate change. It might sound perverse, a teacher supporting kids taking time off school, but spreading awareness of environmental issues is something I’ve always been passionate about. The challenge is finding a way to give them a meaningful climate education in the classroom.

As a middle school (aged nine to 13) science teacher, I’ve seen pupils react to the climate crisis in a number of ways. I still hear “my dad says it’s not real” every once in a while, but mostly they are interested. Interested in how oil companies obfuscated the truth, interested in the science, and interested in what the future holds now that we’re “running out of time”.

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Meryl Batchelder is a science teacher at Corbridge middle school, Northumberland, and a UN accredited climate change teacher

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