Climate crisis: Merseyside schools lead the way with ‘green’ curriculum | UK News
A network of schools across Merseyside will improve their education curriculum to include the effects of climate change and how to deal with it.
St Vincent’s, a school specializing in sensory disabilities, is leading a group of 500 other people who have pledged to reach net zero by 2030.
For more than a decade, St Vincent’s in Liverpool has incorporated climate change issues into its curriculum.
The students, who are predominantly blind and deaf, understood the devastating effects of climate change on the planet and how to deal with it.
Their education program is now due to be shared across a number of Merseyside schools to help other students become aware of climate change.
Principal Dr John Paterson told Sky News: ‘As a special school we can be freer with the curriculum, it means we can do things for climate action than regular school colleagues can reproduce in their program.
“Once we’ve piloted it there’s always a nervousness to move away from exams like the SATs, but we have to do that, so we could be a best practice hub and now we can share that with d ‘other schools. “
St Vincent’s students continued their campaign against climate change even after leaving school.
Some have gone so far as to go to the United Nations, but spreading their green vision across the country is the next big step.
Visually impaired 10-year-old Abyan Farooq knows that by the time he leaves school, climate change may have pushed more than 100 million people into poverty.
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“It really hurts me that we burn fossil fuels and make this earth hotter and sometimes kill animals and trees,” he said.
“It upsets me a bit and makes me want to do something to try to save the planet.”
Abyan also pointed out that being visually impaired did not stop him from taking action, so he wants others in the country to do something as well.
“I would say come out and do something. The visually impaired and blind here are doing something, you better do it. Save our planet.”
Amid his knowledge of climate change and his efforts to tackle it with his classmates, Abyan will travel to Glasgow later this year to meet with world leaders at COP26.
The school will provide bags of wildflower seeds to delegates with a message of change to protect the planet.
“Across the country, hundreds of schools are following the inspiring example of Saint Vincent and really responding to the calls of young people to preserve the planet for future generations and the children really understand, they just say ‘come on world leaders, the time that you caught the action, ”Harriet Lamb told Sky News.
She is the CEO of the Ashden Climate Charity, which wants every UK school to commit to achieving a zero carbon footprint by 2030.
“The program here is incredible, the climate is there and it’s incredibly important.
“It really helps show what kids can do, now it’s time for adults and managers to show it too.”