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Get going with going green!

| November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The ‘Trends Shaping Education 2014 Spotlight: Think Green’ report, recently released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), looks at how schools across the globe are equipping students to deal with future environmental challenges. Planetary temperature increases, for example, continue to make water a scarce commodity for billions of people, reduce agricultural yields, increase malnutrition-related deaths by millions and could conceivably lead to the extinction of a large number of animal and plant species.

The report authors used data compiled about students in OECD countries for the 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), and presented it as the study ‘Green at Fifteen? How 15-year-olds perform in environmental science and geoscience in PISA’.

According to this research, students in Japan, Finland and Canada showed a heightened awareness of green issues such as the importance of recycling. In Mexico, Turkey and Italy, however, say the researchers, the average teenager does not feel compelled to save the planet.

In 2015, another crop of 15-year-olds will be studied again for PISA. Researchers say that generally, schools and universities are lagging behind in preparing these youngsters with both good science skills and the abilities that will enable them to adapt to changing work and societal demands. Germany and Spain, for instance, have cited a lack of skilled photovoltaic workers who can install and maintain solar systems, and most OECD countries say their youth do not choose to conserve energy wherever they can – by, for example, using public transport or recycling.

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