Climate change education in New Zealand
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New Zealand is an island nation with a unique biota and only a very recent record of human habitation. As with many island nations, the surrounding marine environment both stabilises the climate and, conversely, imposes a degree of vulnerability on the island’s ecosystems and the human populations that tend to gather along the coasts. In spite of strong evidence for climate change and for factors implicated in climate change within the New Zealand societal and economic structures, the New Zealand education system is generally lacking in climate change education. The aim of this article is to review the current status of climate change education in New Zealand and the opportunities that exist to include it in the curriculum, from early childhood to secondary education and beyond. The case is proposed that it is now critical that these opportunities be seized.
KeywordsClimate change education New Zealand
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