Johnny Ball may be commissioned by the Global Warming Policy
Foundation (GWPF) to investigate the teaching of climate change in
British schools. The two parties have not yet confirmed a deal but
GWPF director Benny Peiser has told the Carbon Brief that the
foundation are in the "discussion process with Ball and another
He said the study will not contest the basic physics of climate
change but how the range of impacts are being taught. Peiser added
that he wanted the study to be "as objective as possible" and that
the GWPF do not have a clear idea of what they expect to find.
Ball's research will include scrutinising text-books and exam
Johnny Ball is a former children's TV presenter and famous for
engaging kids with science. He made headlines last month when he
expressed fears that he was a victim of an internet smear campaign
as a result of his climate scepticism. The claims were picked up by
Daily Mail, the
Telegraph and the Express.
Ball outlined his position on teaching in schools in a piece for the
BBC's Daily Politics show:
"How are your kids, your grandchildren,
the next generation? Their potential is incredible. In a few years'
time, the world will be their oyster. So why are we filling their
heads with doom and gloom?"