Climate change: Michael Gove abandons plans to drop cc from curriculum

Good news for climate change – and environmental education! The lobbying and petitions by many including NAEEUK helped keep the environment….  

Michael Gove has abandoned plans to drop climate change from the geography national curriculum. The Guardian reports

The education secretary’s decision represents a victory for Ed Davey, the energy and climate change secretary, who has waged a sustained battle in Whitehall to ensure the topic’s retention.

The move to omit it from the new curriculum took on a symbolic status. Gove insisted it was part of his drive to slim an unwieldy curriculum down, to give teachers greater freedom to show their initiative.

It was claimed that climate change would appear under science. But environmentalists and science teachers claimed the omission would downgrade the topic and make its existence a matter of greater dispute.

There were also fears that pupils’ awareness of its importance would decline.

The curriculum is due to be published before the summer holidays. It is understood to include a specific reference to changes in weather and the climate from the ice age to the present.

Those familiar with the final version say it will be clear about the role of humans in climate change. It will refer to how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and the climate, and how humans depend on the effective functioning of natural systems.

There has been a changing mood in parts of the Conservative party over climate change, with important figures such as Peter Lilley and Lord Lawson challenging its whole premise and the science behind it. Some feared that Gove was putting up a resistance to Davey to pander to the right. But Gove remains a party moderniser and at one point saw the greening of the party as central to its electability.




  1. Hopefully climate change doesn’t disappear from the educational agenda; the next generations of kids will be growing up in a world where climate change issues are getting bigger and bigger and it’s better to arm them with knowledge earlier in the game.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s