More than 65,000 people have signed petitions urging the government to keep climate change in the national curriculum for England. This is from the BBC…
The petitions were handed in to the Department for Education on Monday.
The campaign began last month amid concerns that teaching about climate change would be removed from the proposed new curriculum.
A government spokeswoman said: “It is not true that climate change has been removed from the new draft curriculum.”
Two separate petitions were handed in by a teenager and a geography teacher, with a third group voicing their concerns by emailing the Education Secretary Michael Gove.
Esha Marwaha, 15, from Hounslow in west London, who started one of the petitions on the change.org website, said: “Over 64,000 people are angered by Michael Gove’s decision to remove references to climate change.
“Teaching only selective parts of a vital topic has ramifications for the future. It’s not about forcing students to believe in climate change, it’s about allowing them to make an informed decision based on what they learn.”
The other petition was started by geography teacher Margaret Hunter on the 38 Degrees website.
Ms Hunter described climate change as “one of the most important things children are taught in schools today”.
“It’s not enough to just teach them the science. They need to understand the impact it will have on other people, the environment and their own lives.”
See DfE response here: DfE hits back at claims that climate change is being removed from the national curriculum