A joint response to the Government’s approach to Agenda 30: the Sustainable Development Goals

Members of the English Learning for Sustainability Alliance (ELSA), including SEEd, have written a joint letter to the government and all major political parties calling on stronger action for the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 30, and in particular Goal 4: ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development.

The letter was written in response to the Environmental Audit Committee’s recently published report into how the Sustainable Development Goals are being implemented in the UK. The report highlights that the Government “see the Goals as something for the UK to help other countries do, rather than drawing on other countries experiences in implementing the goals here at home”. Furthermore, they argue that the environment is not top of the agenda for any of the main political groups with regards to the upcoming general election.

One potential solution put forward in the letter is the incorporation of SEEd’s campaign to have sustainability embedded into the Education Act. Since the Sustainable Schools initative was dropped in 2010, SEEd have been pushing this campaign to ensure that it is the right, as the Goals also state, of every young person to experience sustainability education.

You can read the letter in full here.

We have created a letter template that you can use to write to your MP and show your support for this campaign. The future is uncertain, but there are many things that we can do to ensure that young people are equipped with the skills necessary to engage with these issues.