Teachers not always are adequately educated about climate change or how to approach the topic, and so, they aren’t sure how to teach young ones about it.
Schools in developed countries are slowly starting to tailor their curriculum to include relevant courses, such as the UK recently introducing ‘Mindfulness’ and updating their sex education curriculum to teach students about current issues like sexting and female genital mutilation.
From elementary to high school — and from science class to social studies — teachers are taking the initiative to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges.
Yet the education system, like the climate system, is complex. Across the country, from elementary to high school — and from science class to social studies — other teachers are taking the initiative to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges. Middle schoolers in Hawaii survey residents about sea level rise. High school students in Oregon, with help from their teacher, advocate at the state capitol. And elementary kids in New York pick up crayons to illustrate the greenhouse effect.
The surveys of 1,007 adults and 505 teachers showed that more than 80 percent of parents and 86 percent of teachers agree that climate change should be part of the curriculum (the overall sample has a 3.5 percent credibility interval).
We are currently supporting different courses about the natural eneviroment, the recycling, the climate change in order to create a deeper culture of the connection with Our Planet.