Climate Action to Feature in New Leaving Certificate Subjects 2024

Category : Ellen Brophy

Climate Action for Leaving Cert

Climate Action and Sustainable Development is to feature as a new subject in a major reform of the Leaving Certificate. These reforms are expected to be introduced to sample schools beginning in September 2024. When Minister Foley announced the changes she said that there is an ‘appetite’ for change to the Leaving Cert Cycle. Before changes can occur there will be a detailed implementation plan developed with education partners, including teachers, students, school leaders and parents.

Biodiversity Training

As a company that delivers Biodiversity Training we view this introduction as a great step in the right direction. We have experienced the aforementioned appetite for education in the area of climate action from participants the length and breadth of the country. Attendees from all backgrounds engage with energy in all our courses. We see an increase in the social responsibility for the corporate sector and as a result people attending as part of their continuous professional development. We have  also had participants who are teachers, join our training to voluntarily increase their knowledge base.

Climate Action in progress on water biodiversity training

Green Skills

The educational sector is going through a phase of innovative changes. There is an increased interest in ensuring  multiple routes to education. Noticeably there has been a greater emphasis on soft skills to complement the academic offering. Now we are beginning to see the emergence of green skills. 

 Simply put, green skills are the knowledge, abilities, values and attitudes needed to live in, develop and support a sustainable and resource efficient society. – UNIDO

Real Life

Environmentalism and climate action is moving from a hobby and a set of ideals into a skill that is transferable and needed in the current and future labour market. The move for inclusion of Climate Action and Sustainable Development in the Leaving Certificate reflects this.