Tackling climate change – especially educating young people about the risks to the planet – are critical to our future.
That’s the view of Shepherds Bush resident and former National Union of Teachers general secretary Christine Blower, guest speaker at West London Action for Children’s free online summer talk on Tuesday 28 July.
Baroness Blower, 69, will discuss the virtues of education and gardening, and her concerns that children in urban and suburban environments risk being cut off from the natural world.
It echoes the view of H&F Council which has backed local schools and teachers to better understand climate change and its impact on people and the planet, as well as to educate pupils about how they can take action now.
Via a Zoom webinar, she will argue that schools are the bedrock in the drive to help the next generation understand, and act on, environmental issues and the climate crisis.
The talk is part of a summer series which has included former Home Secretary and charity patron Alan Johnson chatting about music, books, football and politics – an event which raised £387 for the charity which offers a range of counselling and therapy services for H&F children and families in need.
Another online talk, on 21 July at 7.30pm, sees former Sunday Times magazine editor Eleanor Mills discuss how to overcome ‘compassion fatigue’ at a time of so many competing calls from fundraisers.
The baroness, whose first teaching post was at Holland Park School in 1973, worked in west London for most of her teaching career.
In 1990, following the end of the Inner London Education Authority, she concentrated on working with young teenagers at risk of care or custody.
After serving as president and secretary of Hammersmith & Fulham National Union of Teachers branch, she became the union’s first female General Secretary, and now sits in the House of Lords as Baroness Blower of Starch Green.
She has campaigned for sport to Show Racism the Red Card, using the high profile of footballers to get the message across.
The virtual talk at 7.30pm on 28 July is free, with donations invited.
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