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What teachers should (but won’t) say about climate change


BEFORE the climate demonstrations by impressionable children last month, Scotland’s largest teaching union, the EIS, wrote to all 32 Scottish local authorities urging them not to penalise pupils who skipped school.

The climate brigade are demanding that climate change is included in the school curriculum. Individual teachers are governed by a professional code of conduct and should remain impartial when covering environmental matters in class. Note the word ‘impartial’.

One would expect therefore that the following ‘inconvenient truths’ are included as part of any lesson.

Scotland has 0.13 per cent of global emissions. The Maldives have not vanished beneath the waves. The annual worldwide cost to ‘combat climate change’ has been estimated at $1.5trillion: that is $1,500,000,000,000.

Only a handful of countries have legally-binding Climate Change Acts. China and India do not, yet are jointly responsible for 36 per cent of global emissions. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently stated that there needs to be between a three- and five-fold increase in the promises made in Paris to prevent global temperatures rising more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, so why did the IPCC pretend that Paris was a success?

Al Gore stated in 2006 that oceans would rise by 20ft ‘in the very near future’. Schoolchildren should ask their ‘impartial’ teachers when the remaining 19ft 11.7ins will occur.

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Clark Cross
Clark Cross
Clark Cross is a retired chartered accountant, finance director and managing director. He lives in Scotland.

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