Welsh Government urged to capitalise on COP26with greater climate change education
Following the launch of environment education packs for schools by the UK Government, the Welsh Conservatives' Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Member of the Welsh Parliament for Aberconwy, Janet Finch-Saunders MS, has urged the Welsh Government to support greater education of climate change in Welsh schools to capitalise on the UK’s hosting of the COP26 summit.
Her work comes in the form of a Written Question. During the Fifth Senedd, Janet met with Teach the Future Wales - a youth-led campaign pushing for broad climate education - and was most pleased to support an amendment to the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill to facilitate such a change.
Making clear the opportunity posed by COP26, Janet said:
“We should be under no doubt that the role of young people in tackling the global climate and nature crises, two of the greatest challenges of our generation, will be crucial. This is why its so heartening to see the launch of an education pack which will bring discussion and debate directly to their classrooms. “Over the past year, I have had the privilege of engaging with some of the most committed and dedicated young campaigners on this very issue. In the year of COP26, when the UK will look to take a global leadership position, we should be looking to channel the ingenuity and intelligence of our young people to help us secure a more sustainable future. “Whilst the launch of this fantastic environment education pack for schools and students by the UK Government is a great starting platform, I have asked the Welsh Government to confirm what further steps it will take to ensure that we capitalise on our role as hosts.”
Notes to Editors:
Janet’s Written Question reads: “What steps is the Welsh Government taking to encourage conversations and lessons on climate change in Welsh schools as a means to capitalise on the UK’s hosting of COP26?”
The education pack, which is hosted on the COP26 website and has been sent to UK schools and Devolved Administration networks, is designed to engage students on climate action, encourage conversations about tackling climate change, and help students learn about the COP26 summit in Glasgow this year.