The emergency declaration movement
Catastrophic climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are serious threats to our survival, both now and in the future. The climate emergency movement calls for governments to declare an emergency and mobilise a response at sufficient scale and speed.
Why educators should declare
As educators we are responsible for preparing children and young adults for the future. The twin ecological crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss threaten this future. Students’ wellbeing is impacted by the climate change related events we are already seeing. The human right of access to education is at risk when students cannot safely attend school due to extreme weather conditions and unprecedented bushfires. Educators are well placed to advocate for and support humanity’s transition to an ecologically responsible future.
- Advocate for emergency action on climate change and biodiversity loss within the educational organizations they are part of.
- Raise awareness of the urgent need for action on climate change and biodiversity loss within their professional and personal networks.
- Support the school strike movement by discussing the strikes with students, supporting students’ participation in strikes, and participating in strikes themselves if possible.
- Support students’ understanding of what they can do to take action on climate change and biodiversity loss.