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New Zealand schools to teach students about climate crisis, activism and 'eco anxiety'

By ITS Education Asia

Climate change has been a big item in the news recently. The bush fires in Australia, unusual weather events elsewhere around the globe, and the youth movement led by Greta Thunberg was quite prominent in 2019 news.

In New Zealand, every school this year will have access to materials about the climate crisis written by the country’s leading science agencies – including tools for students to plan their own activism, and to process their feelings of “eco-anxiety” over global heating.

The curriculum will put New Zealand at the forefront of climate change education worldwide; governments in neighbouring Australia and the United Kingdom have both faced criticism for lack of cohesive teaching on the climate crisis. The New Zealand scheme, which will be offered to all schools that teach 11 to 15 year-old students, will not be compulsory, the government said.

So what do you think?  Should Hong Kong and other locations be considering adding similar content changes to our curriculum?

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