The inclusion of sustainability lessons in the curriculum is a crucial step towards creating a more sustainable future.

In 2022, the UK Government and the devolved governments, published their policy paper outlining a strategy for the education and children’s services systems to play its role in positively responding to climate change. So, what are the benefits of shaping young minds for the environment?

CEO of Greentech innovator Katrick Technologies, Vijay Madlani, argues that sustainability is a key factor in fostering sustainable minds.

He said: “As the world grapples with the urgent need for sustainable solutions to combat environmental challenges, the inclusion of sustainability lessons in the UK curriculum is a crucial step towards positive development.

“Today’s youth are demonstrating an inspiring eagerness to learn and a heightened consciousness about sustainability, as evidenced by a recent study by the UK Government.

“The report reveals that around 80% of young people aged 8-15 years are not only willing but also eager to take proactive steps to help the environment.

“This surge in interest among the youth is indicative of a generation that is deeply committed to safeguarding the planet’s future. They are actively seeking knowledge, solutions, and ways to reduce their ecological footprint.”

The United Nations' (UN) fourth sustainable development goal (SDG) — Quality Education affirms the notion that education stands as one of the most potent and verified means for sustainable development.

Sustainability education serves as a catalyst for developing environmental consciousness among students.

Moreover, it instils a sense of responsibility towards future generations. Students learn about the impact of current actions on the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. This knowledge can motivate them to take an active role in shaping policies and practices that prioritise sustainability.

The Katrick team also gives presentations to schools to educate them about green energy technologies and how they can get involved in careers in renewable energy. One of their goals is to actively involve institutions with the hope more people will consider careers in renewables and the environment.