DATE: 10 February
TIME: 10 - 11 am (CET)
As part of the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development - Pre-conference workshops, this online workshop is being organized to discuss the links between ESD and climate change. This online workshop will raise the parallels between the pandemic and climate emergency and discuss how the lessons learned from the public response to the Covid-19 crisis can help ‘flatten the curve of climate change,’ in particular through ESD’s contribution.
Since COVID-19 outbreak, the world’s attention has been focused on the pandemic and the coordination of the emergency response to the crisis. Meanwhile, major sustainable development challenges, including the greatest challenge of our times - climate change - remain unresolved.
Human activities such as burning fossil fuels, cutting down rainforests and farming livestock are responsible for the rise of the earth’s temperature. The only way to counter climate change is to transform our lifestyles and establish sustainable patterns of consumption and production worldwide.
Education has been recognized as a crucial element to counter climate change and is one of the priority areas of Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE). Education contributes to raising awareness on the physical mechanisms and the emergency of climate change and its impacts. More specifically, Education for Sustainable Development empowers people to take action by promoting values, problem solving and critical thinking skills needed for sustainable development.
But, concretely, how can and does this happen in different settings? How can Education for Sustainable Development contribute to urgent action for green and sustainable societies in light of the climate emergency? What can we learn from the Covid-19 pandemic on how to educate and act in times of crisis?
Next steps on Action for Climate Empowerment: Ms. Fleur Newman, Action Empowerment Unit Lead, UNFCCC
Empowering young people and women in climate action: Ms. Menna Mosbah, Youth activist, Arab region ESD Youth network, Egypt
Developing Climate-Friendly Schools: Mrs. Meryem Khodari, In charge of environmental education project, The Hassan II International Center for Environmental training - Mohammed VI Foundation
Where we are and where to go: recent data on Climate Change Education: Dr. Marcia McKenzie, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Mr. David Wilgenbus, Executive Director, Office for Climate Education (OCE)
Mr. Djian Sadadou, Communications Officer, Office for Climate Education (OCE)