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April, 2013:

Get climate change back IN the curriculum!

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, has proposed that climate change be removed from the national curriculum. This should not be allowed to happen.  Nobody should leave school without some basic knowledge of the anthropogenic causes of climate change and its likely irreversible consequences for human beings and the whole planet.

This issue is of relevance to higher education for two reasons.  Firstly, such an understanding is necessary for the proper study of many subjects at university, and secondly, future teachers receive their professional education in universities.

On Tuesday, April 16th People & Planet submitted their formal curriculum consultation response with a focus on the geography curriculum and the citizenship curriculum, urging for key issues and concepts such as climate change, sustainability and active global citizenship to be retained. UCU, NUS, PCS, UNISON and TSSA all also signed this:

http://peopleandplanet.org/climate-consultation

Please read it to find out more information on the campaign.  It is not too late to join in.  If you click on the link you will find the template of a letter to Mr Gove.  Please consider writing to him.

For more information about UCU’s work on the environment and climate change, see: http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=3386