The Manifesto on Quality Climate Change Education for All is an urgent appeal by the educator of the world to government leaders and an outline of the teaching profession’s vision for quality climate change education and the policy framework necessary to implement it.
During the 57th meeting of Education International’s Executive Board held virtually on 20 April, top education union leaders stressed that “the climate crisis is the greatest threat facing humanity and our planet. With little time left to reverse the current course and keep global temperatures below +1.5°C, climate action is more urgent than ever.”
Education will support a just transition to a more sustainable world
Explaining that education must be transformed to catalyse the fight against climate change and to support a just transition to a more sustainable world, they insisted that “students have a right to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to sustain our world for present and future generations. It is time to come together to build something more resilient and sustainable in our education institutions, our communities and our economy.”
Governments must deliver on their commitments to climate change education and education for sustainable development
This summit was a multilingual virtual event featuring prominent activists from every continent focused on the role that educators and their unions play in combating climate change and why we need transformative climate education now.
It also launched Education International’s Teach for the Planet campaign. Led by educators and in partnership with EARTHDAY.ORG, Teach for the Planet aims to ensure that climate education, based on science and with a civic action focus, becomes as fundamental as teaching reading and writing. The campaign will drive global mobilisation for quality climate education leading up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021.