Kent Green Party is appalled to find that Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education(1), is supporting a radical reduction in references to climate change in the school curriculum. Steve Dawe, Press Officer of Kent Green Party, comments:
"The UK's carbon dioxide emissions rose 4.5% in 2012(2). Instead of making new efforts to actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Coalition Government is attempting to push climate change out of the national curriculum as it continues to support the exploitation and use of coal, oil, gas and shale gas through hydraulic fracking (3).
"Over 65,000 people have signed petitions against Mr Gove's proposed changes already(4). Mr Gove should bear in mind that out of 13,950 peer reviewed articles on climate change 1991-2012 only 24 rejected climate change(5). Mr Gove is siding with the unscientific tiny minority on climate change and in consequence is unfit for the office of Secretary of State for Education. He is denying the scientific significance and continuing impacts of climate change.
"Kent Green Party urges all political parties participating in the County Elections to condemn Mr Gove's actions and to indicate their support for increased resources to deal with climate change. Essential actions here in Kent would include:
1. Traffic reduction policies and more resources for better walking, cycling, bus and train services;
2. Increases in food growing and forestry to cut carbon-intensive imports;
3. Insulation improvements and solar water heating and solar panels for as many of our buildings as possible, as quickly as possible."
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY, on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. KENT GREEN NEWS, free ezine, is available by subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org
1. Michael Gove does not have the confidence of the teaching profession. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers - http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/mar/25/teachers-vote-no-confidence-michael-gove & the National Union of Teachers - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22002527 have both passed motions of no confidence in him;
2. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/28/uk-co2-emissions-up-2012 Also, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii has recorded carbon dioxide in the atmosphere now reaching about 395 parts per million. James Hansen, leading climate change expert at NASA, considers we need to get back to 350 ppm to stabilise the climate.
3. And has failed to reduce emissions in the transport sector to the extent that the UK is under threat of prosecution at EU level as it is breaking air pollution laws to which we are a signatory. In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a large proportion of fossil fuels remaining in the earth's crust must never be used, or global temperatures could rise above 4.5 degrees above the average in 1990, fundamentally altering climatic conditions and coastlines throughout the world and reducing the capacity of the planet to grow food in many regions.
4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22158941 Please also note that On Tuesday, April 16th People & Planet submitted their formal curriculum consultation response with a focus on the geography curriculum and the citizenship curriculum, urging for key issues and concepts such as climate change, sustainability and active global citizenship to be retained. UCU, NUS, PCS, UNISON and TSSA all signed this document with P&P: http://peopleandplanet.org/climate-consultation