- #UKEdChat session 574
- With 7.7 billion humans, what we do has a huge impact on the environment.
- If we care about our learners, we have a duty to provide the best possible environment for them.
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At the time of writing, COP26, the UN climate change conference is about to begin in Glasgow on 31st October – Halloween. Inaction at this conference, which is billed as humanities last best chance (although with another one degree of warming already baked in to come, many think that time passed some time ago and now this is damage limitation), would certainly make for the scariest Halloween yet!
Action thus far has been pitiful in the face of the challenge, and many of the easy ‘low hanging fruit’ actions, such as the UK switching from coal power generation to gas, have already been completed. As you can see on the data here, we are still a long way from green power generation. Time is short and the choices are hard. Even in the current energy crisis, where our reliance on increasingly expensive fossil fuels sourced from distant lands should make us look to a green future where generation of power is local, cheap and plentiful, instead the instinct of many governments is to fall back to the old ways.
It is little wonder that our young people feel despondent. The world they will inherit will face natural forces, scarcity and conflict like none before it we do not get this right, and now. But this is a problem that can be solved if we work together.
Because of the vast numbers of humans, 7.7 billion currently, anything that we all choose to do can have a huge impact. While the far biggest impact is to make our governments and companies make the changes we need, the individual can do a lot to help. A quick Google search suggests that there are approximately 7 million schools in the world. While some of these schools do not have electricity or running water and therefore have minimal impact on the environment, many schools can do a lot to help. From opening windows to compensate for over-heated rooms, to banks of computers being left on overnight (both something I see a lot in schools), these are not only wasteful but a terrible lesson for our children.
In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 14th October 2021 at 8pm(UK), we discussed what schools and individual teachers can do to combat environmental issues, how to make use of COP26 in your teaching, and how to give your learners hope about their green futures.
- How does your school promote environmental sustainability?
- What can individual teachers do to promote environmental sustainability?
- What are the biggest ways that schools can cut their carbon footprint?
- There are two strands to climate change: mitigate and adapt. How can schools help pupils do the latter?
- How will climate change impact on schooling, and is your school prepared?
- How can teachers help young people maintain hope in light of climate change?
- How far can/should teachers go with supporting a green agenda?
- What’s your teacher climate pledge?