I can't be the only person to have noticed that there is a sudden coming together of four complementary and mutually-supportive forces in relation to the curriculum and the crises in climate and ecology. These are:
- Teach the Future
- Harwood Education's course on climate change for teachers
- GAP's Transform Our World resources hub
- The Green Schools Project
The first of these is an energetic group of young people ably supported by NUS (SOS_UK) and UKSCN, and a range of educational and social development groups. The second is a corporate organisation whose training has accreditation from the UN. The third is from the voluntary sector with support from the lottery, government and social enterprises. The fourth is a social enterprise supported by corporates, the lottery and charities.
They are focused, respectively, on:
- campaigning to improve the curriculum (and schools)
- in-service teacher training in relation to climate
- resource provision about environmental and climate issues
- school development in terms of sustainability.
This is a welcome confluence. It is probably making other environmental education groups wonder what role they should now play.