The world has been thrown into chaos with wildfires, droughts along with a global rise in temperature and an unprecedented estimate rise in sea levels. ‘Earth is getting warmer’ might seem like an understatement when parts of the world are on fire. The culprit of it all, climate change and subsequently global warming have been the focus of many studies by scientists. Now, the phenomenon will also be studied by kids as New Zealand introduces it in the curriculum for its schools.
According to The Guardian, schools in the country down under will be provided with study material on climate crisis put forth by science agencies. Additionally, The students will also be given access to tools to express their feelings of “eco-anxiety” over the issues surrounding global warming. The curriculum will be available for 11 to 15-year-old students and will not be a mandatory subject.
New Zealand’s Climate Change Minister James Shaw said in a statement to Newshub that children are growing up worried about the effect of climate change on their lives in the future. Referring to how kids are exposed to information on the phenomena through the internet which is mostly sombre news that gives them a sense of powerlessness.
Try telling our kids we shouldn’t act much further and faster on climate change. Then imagine every year you have been alive has been one of the hottest records. Really pleased to have announced this today with @chrishipkins https://i.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/118703882/climate-change-education-resource-to-be-in-schools-in-2020?cid=app-android …Climate change education resource to be in schools in 2020The Government is rolling out a school program helping them understand climate change solutions.i.stuff.co.nz27712:54 AM – Jan 12, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy131 people are talking about this
Shaw added: “Our zero-carbon legislation is an important framework for lasting change, but its success depends on all of us working every single day to take the ambitious action we need. Making this resource available means children will be able to learn about what we have done to the planet, its potential impacts and what they can to help us solve the problem.”