The National Union of Teachers, the UK’s largest teachers’ union has called for a rapid transition to a “carbon zero economy,” climate change education in schools, and an end to fracking, amongst other measures in a motion passed at its 2016 Conference.
The motion, moved by the Hammersmith and Fulham NUT branch and seconded by the North Somerset branch, says climate change must be kept to 1.5 degrees celsius or below, “if there is to be a future for our children.”
As well as calling for Government action on climate change and on education, the motion also calls for the NUT to work with other climate change campaigns, call other Trade Unions to action, and work with the TUC and international Trade Union bodies.
The Green Party Trade Union Group (GPTU) congratulated the NUT on its position. Clare Keogh, GPTU Co-Chair, said, “I am delighted to see the NUT show such strong leadership on the issue of climate change. We encourage other Trade Unions in the UK to heed the NUT’s call to action and join the campaigns against climate change and fracking.
“We can’t transition to a green society and secure the climate for future generations without the labour movement playing a central role. Trade Unions can empower workers to take positive action in their workplaces and ensure their employers meet climate change standards.”
Christine Blower, NUT General Secretary, said, “Children and young people will have the stewardship of the planet in years to come. It is therefore valuable for schools to be able to provide information and understanding of the social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change. Without knowledge, young people will be less well equipped to deal with the consequences and help find the solutions.
“Schools should be able to provide space for discussion of this important topic. However, too few schools feel able to teach about the biggest issue facing the planet. When young people are shown the practical actions they can take to tackle the destruction of the world’s resources, their sense of optimism about their future increases. That must be a massive plus for our society and one of the reasons why we need good teaching resources on this subject in all schools.”