The Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) supports students' rights to demonstrate their understanding that Climate Change is a significant social and environmental issue.
They have a right to express their concerns and the events planned are a civic response to what they know and understand is a whole of society issue.
In the Australian Curriculum, our youth are encouraged to be engaged in issues that may impact their future.
The general capability 'Personal and social capability’ states:
“This element involves students recognising others’ feelings and knowing how and when to assist others. Students learn to show respect for and understand others’ perspectives, emotional states, and needs. They learn to participate in positive, safe and respectful relationships, defining and accepting individual and group roles and responsibilities. Students gain an understanding of the role of advocacy in contemporary society and build their capacity to critique societal constructs and forms of discrimination, such as racism and sexism.” ACARA
On Thursday 7 March 2019 AAEE ACT hosted Voting for Change - a special presentation for educators to mark the March 15 #SchoolStrike4Climate.
Presenter - Keith Skamp
if you could ask 12000 students from all around the world what they think about Climate Change what would you ask them and what do you think they would say. Find out from someone who did just that!
Keith Skamp is an Adjunct Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at Southern Cross University. He is a coauthor of "Voting For Change - An International Study Of Students' Willingness To Vote For/Support Indirect Measures To Ameliorate Climate Change"