Up to 70 per cent of teachers in the UK don’t feel equipped to teach kids about the climate crisis, according to a survey of more than 7,600 educators.
Campaigners blasted the curriculum for “failing” to “prepare young people for the future” and called for the issue to be covered across all subjects.
Nearly all teachers (92 per cent) are worried about climate change, according to the report from youth-led campaign group Teach the Future, but more than 40 per cent reported it rarely or never being mentioned in their schools.
“The purpose of education is to prepare young people for the future. At the moment it’s failing to do so,” said Dorothy Joddrell, a Teach the Future campaigner. “Our lives will be significantly affected by climate change.
“To ensure all students can benefit from climate education, the Government needs to make it a key part of the whole curriculum, not brush most of it aside to an optional subject.”
Only around four per cent of pupils said they knew a lot about the climate emergency, according to 2019 research, a figure Teach the Future said is unlikely to have increased.