To the Signatories of the ‘Keep Sustainability in the National Curriculum Objectives’ Petition,
Thank you for expressing your support for the inclusion of sustainable development in the national curriculum. I agree with you about the importance of sustainable development and I thought you might be interested to know that the UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Select Committee, which I Chair, has recently published a report which touches on many of these issues.
Our Committee’s report makes a number of recommendations for improving how sustainability is taught in schools.
For example, we urge the Government to encourage schools to become ‘sustainable schools’ that promote learning through practical activities and call on the Government to make it clear to schools how sustainable development can best be incorporated into learning plans. Embedding sustainable development education in this way would greatly improve the UK’s ability to live sustainably in the future and help ensure pupils have the skills they need to compete in a new green economy.
These recommendations were included as part of a wider report into the Outcomes of the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit, and you can read the report here ; https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmenvaud/200/20002.htm
Whilst I will continue to work hard in Parliament to make the case for sustainable development, I urge you all to do everything you can to press for this too. I would particularly encourage you to write to your local MP telling them why you think sustainable development is important and asking them to support sustainable policies in parliament. You can find out who you local MP is here by clicking here: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/
Thanks once again for your efforts on this issue and please do continue keep up the pressure, it is only by working together that we can achieve real change.
Joan Walley MP
Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee
The Rt Hon Joan Walley MP