Education systems around the world are not providing young people with the tools, mindsets, and skills they’ll need to mitigate and adapt to climate change, nor with spaces to raise their voices on the issue. In many places, children and youth are leading climate action despite, rather than because of, what’s happening in classrooms and schools. In other words, education systems are, so far, fundamentally failing our children and youth on climate change.
Climate Education and Leadership in Practice in Our Network
While the need for high-quality, locally rooted climate education in all classrooms and schools is self-evident to most people, the issue of climate change—let alone of climate education—often appears abstract, complex, and daunting. Fortunately, there are illustrations of the impact of climate education all across our network.
The following are some recent examples that bring climate education and leadership to life:
Building Collective Leadership for Climate Action
While each of the stories above is unique and rooted in its local context and community, these powerful examples have many things in common that offer guidance for building collective leadership for climate action:
- Gain a deep understanding of the challenges resulting from climate change and environmental degradation, and the role humans have played in causing it — and must play in solving it.
- Focus on local action, rooted in the daily experiences of learners and their community.
- Be solutions-oriented, hopeful, encouraging, and concrete — empowering and inspiring students to have agency over building a better future.
- Incorporate climate education into diversity of school subjects and disciplines.
- Foster teamwork and collaboration among students, teachers, and communities, where all support each other to stay engaged in the issue despite the often-overwhelming gloom of climate change.
- Focus on climate justice and empowering those most impacted by climate change to lead the charge to address it.
- Go beyond the classroom to connect climate education to real world needs and solutions that improve people’s lives in tangible ways.
- Encourage students to take proactive leadership, rather than wait for permission to act.
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Climate education is a fast-evolving field and we need all hands on deck—all of us need to continue learning and working together, and we would love to hear from you! If you're engaged in climate and environmental sustainability education and interested in being involved with this initiative, please reach out to Lennart Kuntze.