Keep Climate Change in the Curriculum
  • Petitioned Michael Gove

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Secretary of State for Education
Michael Gove

Keep Climate Change in the Curriculum

    1. Petition by

      Esha Marwaha

      Hounslow, United Kingdom

July 2013


From petition creator Esha Marwaha: This week Education Secretary, Michael Gove, announced he was abandoning his plans to drop climate change as a subject in the Key Stage 3 curriculum. This is a victory for the 31,000 people who joined you and signed my petition on calling on the Government to keep climate change on curriculum. It’s wonderful news that students who do not choose geography at GCSE, now have a chance to learn about climate change, a problem that directly affects all of us. Thank you so much for your support. Your signatures really helped convince the Department of Education to reverse its original order. We’ve still got a long way to go though. The Government needs to include sustainable development in any discussion of climate change. It also has to improve the curriculum so youth can understand the clear links between climate change and economic crises. I know we can do this. The victory of our petition to keep climate change in the geography curriculum shows how powerful individuals can be when they unite to fight for the right to a better life. We can make sure the government does the right thing when we act on what we believe in. Thank you. Esha

My name is Esha and I am a secondary school student from The Heathland School. Geography has always fascinated me. Volcanoes, globalisation, development, you name it. It’s the one subject that has left me with the desire to find out more. In fact, it inspired me enough to realise that not only is the earth a beautiful place, but one that is in desperate need of our help. More importantly, it inspired me to get out there and do as much as I could.

Climate change is the most pressing and threatening issue to modern day society. Through lack of understanding from generations before us, we are having to fix it. And how can we do this without education? However, yet again, our government - part of the generation who bear more responsibility for this problem intend to not only fail to act on climate change themselves, but to obscure the truth, and any chance we have of acting from children and young people. It is outrageous that Michael Gove can even consider the elimination of climate change education for under 14s. We must keep climate change in our curriculum in order for young people to be as skilled and informed to take on this challenge as we are taking it on today.

Unfortunately, this takes away the potential in the adults of tomorrow to take a stand to cease the loss of their future. Personally, the one thing that inspired me enough to get involved were my Geography lessons. I was able to understand the many issues surrounding climate change, the many perspectives. The beauty of Geography is the fact that it enables us to express frankly the problems earth and humanity faces, without hiding the truth, yet this change is removing the power that it currently possesses. I began to realise that it wasn’t fair that people in my situation were inadvertently causing harm to people less well off due to our own carelessness. I began to realise that it was my responsibility.

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education
Keep Climate Change in the Curriculum

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 30,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Cristina Newton SWINDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Most people I know live on planet earth.

      • about 1 year ago

      To keep the world safe and our children's future secure we must educate

      • about 1 year ago

      Irrespective of whether you believe in the impact of mankind on the climate, the messages promoted, for example recycling, are key to supporting a growing global population without adding to the poverty, disease and starvation endemic. To consider paring down the amount of coverage this receives in our children’s education is short-sighted and unfair (to our children who will then be ill equipped to understand and respond to these, and new challenges). It is vital that we keep these kinds of topics at front of mind.

    • Stevy Bejeevy-Heevy LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      I love the climate I have.

    • Maria Romanova NEW YORK, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Children need to learn EVERYTHING about the world around them.


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