One of the five Labour Party candidates for prime minister is taking on climate change head-on, and he believes that is absolutely critical to winning in 2020. As the son of a vicar in Scotland, Owen Smith knows about the realities of living in a climate-constrained world and he says that everything in the classroom must be prepared to discuss it.
He told the Irish Times:
Education isn’t just about reading, writing and arithmetic. We need to be doing much more to understand the broader context in which we face. Schools need to teach young people about and provide them with real-life examples that help them understand the future that they’re in. Climate change is not just about dealing with this week’s forecast of rain, it’s about dealing with climate change as a chronic problem. It’s about bringing climate into every educational subject area and teaching it as part of the fundamental grounding for every school child in the challenges that face the future.
Smith also points out that younger generations simply aren’t getting the message about the problem. “It’s not just the young people who need to hear it. We also need to go out to the older generation who are deeply cynical about it,” he says. “We need to change their attitude about how serious it is.”