Lessons in climate change, the environment and how to protest will be compulsory subjects at all schools world wide as part of the Paris Accord under plans being developed for this years climate summit in Glasgow. Teaching children about the environment, the green economy and how to take action against government to stop environmental harm are considered essential parts for preparing future workers for what campaigners say is the third industrial revolution. negotiators are hopeful details will be agreed upon in Italy later this year so they can be adopted by leaders at the UN summit hosted by the Boris Johnson led government in December.
The Paris Agreement includes a commitment that education be part of each country’s nationally determined contributions that must be continually updated. The initiative, led by US based Earth Day, claims to have the support of trade unions, teachers and environmental in more than 100 countries. Kathleen Rogers Earth Day President said: “No Country requires students to graduate from high school having a deep knowledge of the problems and issues related to the environment and climate and also the opportunities” A World Bank finance study on climate and environmental education had shown “even the most wealthy countries that paid lip service to climate are doing a really bad job, including Australia”, Mrs Rogers said. “Education on climate change and the environment needs to be integrated into all subjects” “Each country would be free to determine a curriculum and should be assess by the international group”.
Earth Day says a climate educated and an environmentally literate global public is likely to be “better placed to take part in the green jobs revolution, make better consumable choices, become the next generation of sustainable entrepreneurs and hold leaders to account”. Former ACTU president Sharon Burrow has joined the initiative as general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation.
Psychologists warned parents and guardians about being climate change alarmists, noting an increasing number of children who are being treated for “eco-anxiety.” But CPA members said they don’t want the rising “eco-anxiety” social phenomenon in children to be classified as a mental illness because it is a “rational” fear, unlike the causes behind most standard anxiety issues.