Climate and climate change need to be in every school textbook, said teacher, educator and writer Christopher Graham, speaking at The Climate Connection: Conversation for Change organised by the British Council on June 3. The panel was discussing the role of arts, culture, individuals and what the policymakers can do to help propagate the climate issues.
"Based on my research, there is a huge desire around the world to integrate climate issues into their classrooms. The challenge is that they don't know how to. One is to have better teacher education and training and making sure they have the resources too. This can be done with two approaches. One can be bottom-up, where we encourage schools to develop resources. But I think the most important is top-down — from the ministerial level and it's happening now around the world, said Graham. "In China, it is compulsory now to have climate issues in English language education. Their storybooks in preliminary levels, with very strong graphics, are around climate issues. Climate has to be in every curriculum area," he added.