Tag Archives: Climate change

6 books to help talk to your child about climate change

6 books to help talk to your child about climate change

Many children and young people are anxious about climate change and what it means for their futures. But adults can face the dilemma of how to talk to children about these incredibly serious issues without upsetting them further. We are educational linguists investigating how writers and illustrators communicate ideas related to climate change to children. Books are an important way to help conversations […] … learn more→

‘I tend to be very gentle’: how teachers are navigating climate change in the classroom

‘I tend to be very gentle’: how teachers are navigating climate change in the classroom

Climate change education is increasingly seen as an essential part of schooling. The main international test of 15-year-olds’ progress (which Australia participates in) has just announced the next round of testing will include environmental knowledge alongside English, maths and science literacy. Australia’s national curriculum (updated last year under the Morrison government) barely mentions climate change. But as a signatory to the […] … learn more→

Montana kids win historic climate lawsuit – here’s why it could set a powerful precedent

Montana kids win historic climate lawsuit – here’s why it could set a powerful precedent

qSixteen young Montanans who sued their state over climate change emerged victorious on Aug. 14, 2023, from a first-of-its-kind climate trial. The case, Held v. State of Montana, was based on allegations that state energy policies violate the young plaintiffs’ constitutional right to “a clean and healthful environment” – a right that has been enshrined in the Montana Constitution since […] … learn more→

How should we teach climate change in schools? It starts with ‘turbo charging’ teacher education

How should we teach climate change in schools? It starts with ‘turbo charging’ teacher education

The case for action on climate change no longer needs to be laid out. We see, almost daily, disturbing images of bushfires, floods or a mass extinction crisis. But however widespread that sense of urgency may be, we are struggling as a nation to respond in a substantive, coordinated way. One thing is clear: these responses will […] … learn more→

How universities could help whole communities tackle climate change

How universities could help whole communities tackle climate change

As centres of learning, universities have the potential to help whole communities learn about and address climate change. Education can lead us to change our attitudes and behaviour. It can also help us deal with the anxiety or fear of doom that can stun us into inaction. But there are aspects of how universities work that can […] … learn more→

Teachers need bolder action from our school boards to educate in and for a climate emergency

Teachers need bolder action from our school boards to educate in and for a climate emergency

Climate change is the most urgent crisis facing our planet today. Youth have repeatedly called for action on tackling this crisis, including improved climate change education. Yet despite the many pledges made at high-profile world conferences to implement climate change curricula in all schools, the follow through has been far from satisfactory. The federal government, as a signatory of […] … learn more→

This is Australia’s most important report on the environment’s deteriorating health. We present its grim findings

This is Australia’s most important report on the environment’s deteriorating health. We present its grim findings

Climate change is exacerbating pressures on every Australian ecosystem and Australia now has more foreign plant species than native, according to the highly anticipated State of the Environment Report released today. The report also found the number of listed threatened species rose 8% since 2016 and more extinctions are expected in the next decades. The […] … learn more→

How do we teach young people about climate change? We can start with this comic

How do we teach young people about climate change? We can start with this comic

We know young people are “angry, frustrated and scared” about climate change. And they want to do more to stop it. However, the school system is not set up to help them address their concerns and learn the information they seek. There are no explicit mentions of climate change in the Australian primary school curriculum […] … learn more→

How well does the new Australian Curriculum prepare young people for climate change?

How well does the new Australian Curriculum prepare young people for climate change?

You’d be forgiven for not having heard about the long-awaited new Australian Curriculum, which was released with little fanfare in the midst of the election campaign. But this update to the national curriculum (9.0), for foundation to year 12 students, is hugely significant. It will guide the education of young Australians for the next six years, […] … learn more→