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Originally published on ScienceAlert

Writing classroom resources on climate change told me a lot about how children – and teachers – view themselves in an uncertain future, like the one we’re currently facing as the spread of COVID-19 accelerates around the planet.

While putting together a national climate change program more than a decade ago, I was given a word of ‘advice’ by one experienced teacher who recalled her own school days when the promise of an atomic winter was never far from mind.