By declaring a climate and ecological emergency it brings into question what we teach and learn and the environment in which it takes place.

As of 29/05/2020 according to climateemergency.uk

‘274/408 (67%) of [UK] District, County, Unitary & Metropolitan Councils have declared a Climate Emergency to date. Also 8 Combined Authorities/City Regions.’

All around the world tens of thousands of institutions have declared a climate an ecological emergency. Educational institutions must lead in terms of both education and their material interaction with our natural world. Dozens of schools in the UK have already declared an emergency, thousands more are unable to consider it properly beyond more urgent considerations which fall within the next 12 months.

A few resources and links:

Teach the Future, an amazing youth-led campaign bringing together youth strikers UKSCN and the NUS – who have built wide political interest in their bill for an education system which responds to our emergency. This is the strongest chance for wide-scale change and must be supported.

A guide to declaring a climate emergency within schools from Morpeth School, Tower Hamlets.

Our Future Leeds case study, Zoom recording. May 2020.  Yorkshire Evening Post story, March 2020.

Primary School declaration documents.

‘You have declared a climate emergency, what next?’, ARUP Consultation Document, UK Local Gov.