Climate Change: Time to Catch Them Young

The newly-elected Delhi State Government of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) retained Manish Sisodia as the education minister for the next five years. In his earlier stint, Mr Sisodia has done some remarkable experiments with education by allotting close to 26 percent of the state GDP (Gross Domestic Product) for it.
This time around he has announced a Desh Bhakti (patriotism) course that would be introduced in the state education’s curriculum. It’s a good start to teach the importance of nationhood to students at an early and impressionable age.
However, now that the new government is in the saddle for the next five years it’s time to look at the larger and long term picture.
Climate change is a threat that’s creeping at a very fast pace. Extreme weather events are increasing, summers are getting hotter and winters more severe. Rains are now erratic and though the average rainfall remains more or less the same, the distribution and the number of rainfall days have become less.
Residents of Delhi may say why should they worry about climate change? At least they are not directly suffering its ill effects as people in remote farmlands or hills or sea coasts are. But that’s a false sense of security. Rising temperatures and increased summer spells will increase the electricity load and the use of water in Delhi. While the state government can buy more electricity, it would be hard-pressed to provide water for the thirsty millions. Similarly, extended summers will also increase the incidence of water and vector-borne diseases increasing the disease burden of not only the state but individual families too.
In such a scenario, it would be a great idea to teach the young about the imminent threat of climate change and what personal habits they should cultivate to become responsible citizens and consumers.
Keeping this threat in view the Delhi Government should along with Desh Bhakti introduce a course in climate change awareness for the students, right from the kindergarten to primary schools and up till class 10th.
AS these students will be introduced to the concepts of climate change and sustainable development, they would grow up to be an aware citizen who is equipped to make informed choices. This way the school will prepare the climate aware citizens for whom a sustainable lifestyle will not be a fad but a way of life. The choices made by these future residents would automatically align them and thus the entire society with the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

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