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Why we need to change the way we teach climate change

To protect the planet's future we need to think critically about the past

By Amanda Power  

The climate activist Greta Thunberg (M) from Sweden takes part in a "Fridays for Future" demonstration. Photo: PA

If radical action to reduce emissions isn’t taken in the next decade or so, many of today’s schoolchildren could live in a world that’s 3℃ or 4℃ hotter by the time they enter their later years. Their working lives would be defined by routine weather extremes, widespread crop failures and catastrophic sea level rise.

With such grim prospects, the natural question facing young people is how did we get here?…

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