New Zealand’s school climate-change curriculum vexes farmers

Thomson Reuters Foundation discusses why New Zealand’s school climate-change curriculum vexes farmers. New course this year points to intensive agriculture as one cause of greenhouse gases and includes advice to eat less dairy and meat.

A new school curriculum in New Zealand that tells students how to tackle climate change deniers and advises them to eat less dairy and meat has upset its farming community, which makes up the backbone of the country’s economy.

Farmers say they feel targeted by the new course, adding to frustrations over a centre-left coalition government push for them to reduce carbon emissions and clean up waterways, part of a plan for the country to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Launched in January and aimed at secondary school students in a country that celebrates its 100% pure image, the course is based on material from leading science agencies and explains the impact of climate change and how students can contribute.

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