British children ‘deeply concerned’ about the impact of climate change

British children are deeply concerned about the impact of climate change on their own lives and those of children on poorer nations, according to a new poll for Unicef. This is from the Guardian…

Three-quarters of 11 to 16-year-olds were worried about how global warming will change the world and wanted the government to do more to tackle the threat. But the results come as the row increased over the dropping of debate over climate change from the national curriculum for under-14s’ geography classes, with the delivery of a 65,000-strong petition to the Department for Education.

The Unicef poll, conducted by Ipsos-Mori, found that two-thirds of young people were worried about how climate change will affect other children and families in developing countries and that only 1% said they knew nothing about climate change.

“The results of this survey offer a timely reminder to politicians that climate change is an issue of tremendous concern to Britons and casts a long shadow over young people’s view of their future,” said David Bull, Unicef UK’s executive director. “Young people are not only concerned about their own future [but also] the impact climate change is having on children in less developed countries where climate change is a key driver of hunger and malnutrition.”

Bull urged the energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey, attending a conference in Ireland on hunger and climate justice, to commit the UK’s fair share to international funds to help children adapt to the effects of climate change.

The petitions protesting the proposed changes to the school curriculum were delivered to Michael Gove’s department by 15-year-old student Esha Marwaha from Hounslow and geography teacher Margaret Hunter from Oxfordshire.

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