In the past couple of years most of the education unions have very much come on board with supporting climate and ecological action. While the membership are stunted in taking action by the trade union laws, unions are able to provide a valuable support network, and are a vital force in taking the necessary action to be able to help young people, and our planet, have better futures.
NEU have passed a motion recognising the significance of our crisis, and has supported a conference on the issues as well as promoting the running of in school initiatives.
“While the NEU cannot support or call strike action, we recognise that the young people we teach will face the biggest impact of climate change and that they have shown knowledge, courage and leadership in responding to the crisis. We know the importance of listening to young people and we ask our members and reps to turn words into action.” – March, 2019.
“Climate is a trade union issue. Trade unionists must play a central role in shaping the way society’s economic and social organisation meets the needs of future generations and the planet.”
NASUWT has a 9 point position statement on our crisis.
“The NASUWT believes that the climate crisis represents one of the greatest threats to peace and security and to the quality of life of our members and the children and young people they teach. Urgent and immediate action is needed to limit further increases in global temperatures.”
“Climate change is already covered in the national curriculum as part of the programmes of study in key stage 3 and 4 science and geography. Many schools will also discuss the issue in other forums, such as through assemblies and class projects. However, there is a strong argument for climate change to feature more prominently in the curriculum, not only in terms of studying its environmental impact, but also focusing on renewable energy and green technology.” – TES article, December 2019.
“While we understand the strength of feeling over the very important issue of climate change, we would urge pupils against walking out of school on Friday. It is extremely disruptive for a school to have to deal with unauthorised absences and pupils will be missing out on important learning time.” February 2019.
NAHT provide resources and have been particularly supportive of Global Action Plan’s framework for school transformation.
“Action against climate change is a movement currently gripping the nation and dividing opinion. As the definitive voice for school leaders, it’s our position that the safety and wellbeing of students cannot be fully provided for off-premises at protests and strikes during school hours – but we fully believe that there are still various ways that schools can support students in voicing their opinions and becoming leaders of change.”