Ministers are in talks to introduce a qualification called natural history which includes teaching about biodiversity and the dangers of climate change

Teenagers will be made aware at school of the dangers of climate change

Schools are set to go green with a new GCSE subject to inspire a generation of Greta Thunberg.

Ministers are in talks to introduce a qualification in environment and sustainability, covering topics such as biodiversity and the dangers of climate change.

Sweden’s Greta became a global icon for the cause when she started speaking out aged just 15.

Our new addition to lessons for 14-16 year olds would be called Natural History and would include teaching about biodiversity and the dangers of climate change.

Campaigner Joanne Roach, whose organization The Foodies teaches children about food sustainability, told the Sunday Mirror: ‘This is a great first step towards greening the school curriculum.

Greta Thunberg went from schoolgirl to climate icon


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She added: ‘It’s really important that this GCSE is not just a qualification for people who want to work in conservation – although that is very important – but also for young people who are curious to put this understanding of the environment into other areas of work.

“I am also a parent of two young people in school leaving who are very worried about the future of the planet, and who find it frustrating to know that there are problems to be faced, but who do not feel sufficiently informed to to land.

“Being able to learn what they could do to help would make a big difference.”

School Standards Minister Robin Walker said talks were underway with the OCR exam board to introduce the course.

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He said: “It is essential that children are made aware of environmental and sustainability issues.

“The department is considering proposals for a new GCSE in natural history. The department is carefully considering these proposals and will provide further details in due course. »

The idea for the GCSE was dreamed up by naturalist and animator Mary Colwell. A survey found that 80% of children could not recognize a bumblebee.

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Sharon Darcy, director of Sustainability First, said: ‘An understanding of the natural world we inhabit needs to start in primary school, and courses in sustainability could be added to GCSEs, technical qualifications and apprenticeships.

“Climate change, biodiversity and sustainability should feature more prominently in education and the national curriculum, integrated across all subjects but also as separate subjects.

“Learners must learn to understand the relevance of sustainability in every subject and in any career they enter.

The way subjects are taught should include different types of knowledge, diverse heritage perspectives, and a better understanding of how traditions and culture can contribute to climate and environmental action.

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