Future business leaders ‘need to be taught about sustainability’

A leading wildlife charity in Northern Ireland has published a new report which urges the government to act to improve education about sustainable development and business practices.

The report, entitled Sustainable Schools – Building, inspiring and protecting our shared future, was produced by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

It argues that it is vital young children are taught about environmental sustainability as these people will be the business leaders of the future who have to tackle issues surrounding climate change.

Janet Wilson, an education manager at the RSPB, explained: “Much has been done to enhance education for sustainable development in the curriculum, but to date, we do not have an overarching vision or cohesive policy and without these, many of the benefits both for learning and living sustainable will be lost.”

“With the new energy in the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly at this critical time in our history, we should grasp the opportunity to think big and create a positive, sustainable future for all our children.

“We are handing them a complex legacy of climate change and diminishing resources and we owe it to them to prepare them for the challenges which lie ahead.”

James Cooper

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