Make “Climate Change” a compulsory subject across all education levels in India

Make “Climate Change” a compulsory subject across all education levels in India

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Climate Change is going to leave a trail of destruction behind, not for the planet, but for the billions inhabiting this planet. Here we not only allude to the human population, but to the millions of varied species of wildlife whose home is just the same as us humans. We continue destroying their habitats for our own selfish consumerism. Couple this with the millions of people who are trapped in a circle of poverty and are stuck with a problem of gigantic proportions, not of their own doing but a bunch of greedy humans. Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions for the last 30 years. Let that sink in!

India finds itself in a very unique and precarious position. It started out as being a victim of historic emissions by the developed world, but is starting to repeat the same cycle, quickly climbing up to being the 3rd largest green-house gas emitter in the world.  India is also the largest Sulphur Dioxide emitter in the world, one of the same gases that cause all the air pollution around you. We remain one of the most densely populated countries with the greatest number of people living under extreme poverty in the world (yes, in the world). Around two-thirds of people in India live in poverty: 68.8% of the Indian population lives on less than $2 (Rs. 140) a day and over 30% have less than $1.25 (Rs. 100) per day available. We are talking about more than a billion people here, so these numbers, as you can see, are off the charts. At the same time, this wonderful land is home to over 45,000 species of plants and 91,000 species of animals.

How many of the above facts did you already know of as hard numbers? Did you also know that India is a signatory to the global Paris agreement, which was signed in 2016 in an attempt to limit global warming to well below 2˚C. India has identified its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to meet the Paris Agreement, which means there are climate targets that the country has taken up. How many of us know about these targets? There are hundreds of other facts related to climate that the youth of this country needs to know of. Most education curriculums do not go beyond a cursory information about issues surrounding global warming and policies. This goes beyond just environmental legislations.

Why should only a handful of people know about an issue that affects us all?

Knowledge is power. An informed youth is the need of the hour.

The youth, whose future is marred by climate change but are also the only ones who can do something about it, need this knowledge the most – the knowledge of how and what climate change does and how they can adapt. They need the knowledge to inspire them into action against climate change in their own lives and through civil groups and governments, for their own future. They need to understand climate policy and its implementation at the local level to inspire change. How will we hold our policy makers accountable if we do not know about the issue at a more granular level?

A change in curriculum at all levels of the education system, pervading all subjects, is necessary to make the youth equipped for some real change. As reiterated, this indeed affects us all, whether you are rich or poor, a high school student, an engineer, a management graduate, or a master’s holder in literature. It is also our belief that the youth of the country are the next generation of policy makers, and we desperately need them to be groomed as “change makers” as well. The status quo is going to lead us to a path of no return. Please start the change here!

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