(1) How does the Department of Education monitor the promotion of the fossil fuel industry in schools?
(2) What promotion of the fossil fuel industry are you aware of in schools?
(3) What agreements does the department have with fossil fuel industry lobby groups?
(4) What sort of education programs are in place regarding the pollution caused by extraction industries?
(1) The Department of Education does not promote or endorse lobby groups.
(2) Individual schools are bound by the Department's policy and guidelines on how they manage relationships with businesses. This includes ensuring there is no endorsement of any product or service, and the suitability of organisations.
(3) The Department is not aware of any agreements with fossil fuel industry lobby groups.
(4) Students have a number of opportunities to learn about pollution and extraction industries as examples of human impacts on the land through the Geography K-10 syllabus. Specifically, the Stage 4 topic Landscapes and Landforms and the Stage 5 topics Sustainable Biomes and Environment Change and Management allow teachers to explore these issues with students in a variety of contexts as appropriate.
(5) The Department does not endorse or recommend specific resources or external education programs; the decision to use any products or services are made by teachers to suit their context and community.
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