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The Government has announced that by 2025, schools in the UK will start teaching a new natural history GCSE.

Maya, pictured above, interviewed Bear Grylls and Nadhim Zahawi

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi shared the news at a big event at the Natural History Museum in London, alongside adventurer Bear Grylls. Maya, a presenter from our Sky Kids partner show FYI, went to the event, and quizzed the grown-ups on just why the announcement was important, and what else needs to be done to stop the climate crisis. Here’s a sneak peek of the interview.

Maya: What is your biggest fear when it comes to climate change?

Bear: The pace – can we do enough, can we change, has the damage gone on for too long? And the thing is, the more clever people I listen to, the more I realise, actually, it’s not too late. There’s a lot of anxiety and despair about climate change, but those emotions don’t always help us, and I don’t want any young person to feel despair. There’s no need for that despair yet – we can do something, we are doing something. I know sometimes at the government level it feels slow, but change is happening and, all around the world – I see it with the 57 million scouts – young people saying: “Come on!” And if we act now, it will be OK.

Maya: Why has it taken so long for climate change to be taught as an official subject?

Nadhim: We have, for a number of years now, taught climate change in geography, in citizenship, in STEM subjects. After six months in the job, I wanted to go further, so we wanted a natural history GCSE to be taught.

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Pupils also produced nature bracelets using recyclable materials, and planted a young silver birch tree in the school grounds. It’s hoped this will help to prevent rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which are a known driver of climate change.


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