Invisible Dust

London | Sunday 17 February
Pollution level: Moderate

Plans to drop climate debate from England’s national curriculum


Children at an Invisible Dust workshop on air pollution and lung health.

A new draft for England’s national curriculum would drop all mention of climate change for children under 14. Compared to the current curriculum, the plan would delay environmental education for three years, and any existing material on protecting and caring for the environment would be removed.

Advocates of the new curriculum maintain that postponing the discussion on climate change would allow students to gain a better foundation in geography before tackling a controversial issue, while critics contest that only a minority students pursue geography at GCSE level, meaning that the majority would ultimately receive no formal education on the subject.

A number of academics, politicians, and business leaders have signed a letter to the Sunday Times, in which they warn about the dangers of such a curriculum. “Today’s children are tomorrow’s custodians of nature,” the letter reads. “These proposals not only undermine our children’s understanding and love of nature, but ultimately threaten nature itself.”

Invisible Dust agrees. Our mission over the past few years has been to increase awareness and education about climate change and the realities of our changing environment. We are currently running workshops with the Hounsdown school in Southhampton, in collaboration with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, so that children may use earth observation technology to observe the real impact climate change has on our oceans. (Read more here.) We believe that it is crucial for children to learn about what is happening to the environment, so that the next generation of scientists and citizens will be well prepared to deal with planet we are leaving behind for them.



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