It’s such a great sight to see young people fighting it out for such a s serious cause. Four students from a school in Oxford launched a petition to make climate change lessons compulsory in schools.
The petition from the 15-year-old amassed more than 45,000 signatures and urged the government to make climate change a ‘core part of the national curriculum’.
The four girls were among the thousands of students who walked out of school on 15 February to draw attention to the political inaction over climate change.
Thousands of students came together carrying banners and posters as part of the ‘youth strike’ last month. According to organisers more than 10,000 pupils were involved from cities and towns up and down the country, including Oxford, Manchester, Leeds, London and Glasgow.
In the e-petition, the school girls – Izzy Lewis, Kamila Chamcham, Rasha Alsoulemanand Lucy Gibbons – from Cheney School wrote: “We are four 15-year-old school students who are deeply concerned about the damage we’re doing to our planet and how it will affect our futures. Climate change is the biggest issue of our time, and it must be a part of our education if our generation is to understand it and help us to combat its effects. That’s why we want climate change to be made a core part of the national curriculum.
“On Friday 15th February we walked out of school along with thousands of students throughout the UK to protest against the government’s lack of action in tackling climate change. It showed society that we have a voice. We don’t want to be left with flooding, wars, famine and climate breakdown just because our governments value economic growth over the well-being of our planet.”
The statement goes on to say they feel they have ‘barely learned about the climate crisis’, despite its huge bearing on science and geography, and adds: “If young people like us are going to have any kind of future, the climate emergency must be a central, core part of our compulsory curriculum. We strongly value our education, and that’s why we desperately need you to help us make a change in the way things are run.”
They also suggest schools should be run sustainably and that school inspections should also check for this.
Meanwhile, Steve Bruce, head of education and outdoor learning from the Royal Geographical Society, responded to the strikes and said that it was already being taught as part of the national curriculum in UK schools.
He explained that climate change is a ‘peripheral subtopic’ in geography lessons are not true, adding: “For example, the statutory geography national curriculum requires that pupils study how our climate has changed from the ice age to the present. In addition, pupils should also understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems.”
Nevertheless, it’s a topic that the whole world should look into and do something in order to make the future pleasant and peaceful.