Climate change: GCSE students to learn how to save planet with new course option

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Climate change: GCSE students to learn how to save planet with new course option

On Thursday, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi will announce a brand new natural history GCSE course starting in September 2025, focusing on climat

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On Thursday, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi will announce a brand new natural history GCSE course starting in September 2025, focusing on climate change and how students can take climate action. The DfE noted that this course will allow pupils to learn about organisms and their environments, along with focussing on environmental and sustainability issues “to gain a deeper knowledge of the natural world around them”.

The DfE also stated that this qualification will facilitate students to pursue a career in climate change and conservation, “from understanding how to conserve local wildlife to conducting the fieldwork needed to identify species”.

Students already learn about climate-related issues through the study of urbanisation in geography and habitats in science.

However, the Government said that the new course would “go further” in teaching them about the history and evolution of species and the impact of life on natural environments, as well as how they are changing and evolving.

Mr Zahawi, who is expected to announce the new GCSE on April 21 as he launches the DfE’s Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy, said: “Sustainability and climate change are the biggest challenges facing mankind.

“None of us can be in any doubt just how critical they have become.

“The new natural history GCSE will offer young people a chance to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of this amazing planet, its environment and how to conserve it.”

This comes amidst a recent report that shows that many cities and towns in the UK are under threat of flooding by 2050.

According to data from Fathom shared with The Independent, Cardiff in Wales is at the highest risk of flooding in the UK, with a 17.09 percent risk assessment, up from 15.06 percent in 2020.

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