EDUCATION AND HEALTH - please comment to add your ideas

Please comment with your climate change ideas/feedback on Education and Health, here are some ideas for actions you might want to consider; 

  • Raising the awareness of climate change across the Isle of Man.
  • Enhance the education of climate change across the Isle of Man.
  • Seeking to embed zero carbon concepts across our community.
  • Exploring public health initiatives to encompass climate change goal.

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by SaraIOMGov on September 19, 2019 at 11:50AM

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  • Posted by Aalin September 20, 2019 at 17:20

    I really support the fare free campaign, and like the 'fare-free lite' ideas to acclimatise people to the idea, such as fare free Friday/fare free Christmas. However, in the meantime I have e-mailed DOI and Bus Vannin about making fares free for IOM school pupils on school trips. Currently, the expense of paying for bus fares is off-putting when planning a school trip. Instead it is more economical to ask 4-5 parents to come along as drivers. If buses were free for school trips we would be preventing extra car journeys and introducing the younger generation to public transport. The response I received was that Bus Vannin was not in a position to consider this due to budget cuts. As the fares are coming from another branch of government this seems short-sighted and inflexible.
  • Posted by janetlees September 21, 2019 at 14:13

    An increasing number of people are experiencing climate anxiety and grief, feelings which can be overwhelming, leading to deep depression and even suicide. An island-wide programme of psychological support is going to be vital to our collective wellbeing - for example, community sessions in which people can express and share their grief, fears and hopes in this time of climate breakdown and mass extinction. Obviously, this support should be accessible to everyone, not only the wealthy.
  • Posted by memnewb September 30, 2019 at 17:15

    Giving people a simple ways in which they can help towards climate change - ie walking rather than taking their car for short journeys could have big physical and metal health benefits.

    The people also need educating as to what they can do to reduce their carbon foot prints, without impacting too much on their quality of life.

    The active travel strategy seems like such a good idea and was very encouraged when Sustrans was engaged last year, however I am disappointed that we have not seen any significant progress with safe cycle or walking routes yet.
  • Posted by DocMills October 01, 2019 at 12:38

    I think more children skipping school will save the planet
  • Posted by paulweatherall October 02, 2019 at 11:47

    Climate Change science should be included in both the primary and secondary school curriculum
    DEFA should have a distinct role to promote climate change awareness in schools and the wider community
  • Posted by Me October 02, 2019 at 21:09

    Awareness of climate change and the things we can do as individuals should be promoted in schools. Ideas such as "meat free mondays" and ensuring that local produce is used for school dinners. At home we eat mainly vegetarian meals in order to do our bit but I do not stop my children choosing meat at school. The vegetarian options on the school meals menu are atrocious (jacket potato with cheese and beans twice a week), when I raised this with DESC I was told that there is another vegetarian option offered if parents sign their kids up to being vegetarian (however you then cannot choose the meat options). I do not see why you should have to choose one or the other and vegetarian options should be promoted if we are using schools to set an example to the next generation.
  • Posted by Codger October 10, 2019 at 10:22

    Educate the public on the importance of buying local and introduce a fair trade style system for local producers. Introduce labels similar to the calorific labels red/amber/green to highlight the carbon footprint on certain products, air miles etc.
  • Posted by NoMoreFossilFeul October 11, 2019 at 04:24

    Create carparks areas for schools a short distance from them to allow for pickup and drop off.
    This would allow for better air quality around the children.
    Turn existing school carparks into community allotments
  • Posted by NoMoreFossilFeul October 11, 2019 at 04:37

    Educate the population via government resources and via media campaigns to tell the truth about human caused climate change.
    Stop the climate change denier proliferation.
    Missinfomation should be a crime against humanity.[…]ition,_and_challenges_to_it

    "The controversy is, by now, political rather than scientific: there is a scientific consensus that global warming is happening and is caused by human activity.[11] Disputes over the key scientific facts of global warming are more prevalent in the media than in the scientific literature, where such issues are treated as resolved"

    Official scientific concensus on human caused climate change now stands at 99.99% which is virtually unanimous agreement.

    There is no debate, only fact. Act on the facts.

  • Posted by Raindrop October 12, 2019 at 20:06

    Publish the air quality tests results. Prof Curran these were mentioned in Tynwald but the last air check published were 2009 so the results mentioned in Tynwald might make for interesting reading considering a) they haven't published them; b) it was enough in Feb of this year to prompt three Tynwald members to write to the DEFA minister out of concern; and c) there are an awful lot more cars on the roads in and around Douglas than was in 2009. I suspect these figures may actually help you persuade the public of the need to switch to alternative forms of transport.
  • Posted by Griffdog October 13, 2019 at 14:21

    we need to educate adults as well as children as some of the changes required will be new to them. They need to be aware of alternatives to the old way - alts to fossil fuel based lifestyle.
    there are a lot of people locally who already have a lot of knowledge and are willing to share it freely- give them a platform - like the food festival. a series of road shows going to diff venues around the island - FREE to attend - where people can learn and share ideas, promote business that offer services we may not know of, and offer help, encouragement, confidence etc The technology and knowledge is available to deal with this crisis we just need to share it and help each other through this rocky patch
  • Posted by JuBib October 13, 2019 at 16:46

    Climate change on the curriculum - information about the climate emergency and sensitively promoting actions which can make a difference.
    I agree we also need to support young people in relation to climate anxiety as their knowledge increases.
    Vegetarian and vegan options at schools
    More road shows for the general public on every day things they can do to make a difference, ranging from simple and easy to more challenging.
    An IOM government site where people can work out their carbon footprint and some local solutions to off-set it if this is possible, e.g. a donation for x number of trees to the woodland trust for each month of driving to work or a flight to Liverpool etc.
    I like the idea above about incorporating info about impact on climate change in regular festivals such as food festival as well as road shows specifically about this.
    It would also be good if there was more support from the general public for the students who have been protesting instead of criticism. I am glad to see that the Government Climate group has engaged with them
  • Posted by manxfelipe October 13, 2019 at 21:18

    Education on climate change, including encouraging kids to do their bit by walking to school or taking the bus, and by educating them that with the right clothing you can take on all the elements.

    More trees planted along school driveways and car parks.

    Teachers to be encouraged to live locally and travel actively to school to set an example to their pupils.
  • Posted by JandGlover October 15, 2019 at 15:19

    Finding ways to help people develop a 'refuse, recycle and reuse mentality'. We have become a 'throw away' society and need to help people see it is easier to make lifestyle changes than they may think it is.

    Buying loose vegetables from local producers is one example of an easy change. Buying clothes from ethical retailers or charity shops is another easy one. Composting toilet roll tubes. Buying glass bottles or cans that have a known recycling route instead of buying plastic bottles. Perhaps government could appoint officers to go out in to schools and communities and do presentations on such things?
  • Posted by FHorning October 15, 2019 at 21:21

    - Good vegan and vegetarian school meal options
    - processed meat/red meat should only be offered a maximum of two days a week (WHO health warnings)

    - recycling should be expected at every school and from every age
    - active travel strategy should be implemented further to decrease the number of parents driving their kids to school, it would also increase the parents' productivity
  • Posted by Louise October 16, 2019 at 17:56

    Write Climate & international issues back in to the syllabus!
  • Posted by Joney October 18, 2019 at 18:30

    Climate science should be on the curriculum in all schools. This is already recognised (ostensibly) as a climate emergency, but what action has been taken to date to respond to this emergency? We need to educate children and young people about their future, using the science.

    Schools should aim to source only locally-produced food for lunches. According to mainstream science, this needs to be largely plant-based in order to be sustainable.
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