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Climate action and literacy

The world is undeniably facing a climate emergency. As defenders of truth and science, teachers are mobilising for climate justice and literacy.

We are working to ensure climate change education is taught in schools across the world to equip students with the critical knowledge they need in their daily lives and to inform their choices as active citizens. We advocate for climate education to be integrated into curricula, initial teacher training and continuous professional development and for education to be recognised as a key tool in the fight against climate change.

Together with students, with the global trade union movement and civil society partners, we advocate for a just transition in order to secure workers’ rights and livelihoods as economies shift to sustainable production.

Our work in this area

  1. News 4 November 2022

    Join us! Teach for the Planet at COP27

    The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) is taking place in Egypt, from November 6th to the 18th. Education International will bring the Teach for the Planet campaign to COP27 to advocate for climate justice, quality climate education for all students, and a just transition for all workers.

    Join us! Teach for the Planet at COP27
  2. News 4 November 2022

    COP27 event | Educators on a heating planet: Ensuring a just transition in the education sector

    November 10 | 11:00 - 12:00 noon EET

    The climate crisis can be felt in the education sector in the here and now. Educators’ work and lives are being impacted by climate change in countries across the world. To ensure the right to quality education for all students and the right to decent work for all educators in...

    COP27 event | Educators on a heating planet: Ensuring a just transition in the education sector
  3. News 4 November 2022

    COP27 event | Quality climate change education for all: What is it and how do we achieve it?

    November 9 | 17:00 to 18:00 EET

    The world needs quality climate education for all. But what defines “quality” when it comes to climate change education? What does it look, sound, and feel like in the classroom and in communities? What impact does it have? And what steps do we have to take to make it a...

    COP27 event | Quality climate change education for all: What is it and how do we achieve it?
  4. News 19 October 2022

    Education unions build power for climate justice

    Last week representatives from education unions across the world came together online to share experiences, build power, and strategise to advance Education International’s Teach for the Planet campaign.

    Education unions build power for climate justice
  5. Research

    Educators on a Heating Planet: Shaping Education Unions’ Vision for a Just Transition

    Alanah Torralba
    13 October 2022

    Educators are on the frontlines of climate change: every day, they are contending with the worst consequences of changes to the world’s climate. From extreme hurricanes and storms to massive flooding, prolonged droughts, severe heatwaves, and sinking islands, climate change is already altering the education sector in indirect yet profound...

    Educators on a Heating Planet: Shaping Education Unions’ Vision for a Just Transition
    1. Summary of research findings
    2. Research Report
  6. News 27 September 2022

    Teach the Teacher: Students and teachers join forces for climate education

    The student-led Teach the Teacher campaign continues with a new round of events around the world. The campaign is focused on educating teachers about climate change, climate justice, and equipping them with the resources and confidence they need to implement climate education in their classrooms.

    Teach the Teacher: Students and teachers join forces for climate education
  7. Opinion 22 September 2022

    Education: the challenges ahead

    Eirick Prairat

    In his latest book, L'école des Lumières brille toujours (ESF 2022), Eirick Prairat presents the major challenges ahead for education. In this article, he discusses two relatively recent ones that have appeared in the last two decades: the post-truth challenge and urgent issues concerning our way of life. He also...

    Education: the challenges ahead
  8. Opinion 9 August 2022

    Including Indigenous identities and ways of knowing in education and science

    Charitie Ropati

    Engineers and scientists are vital to meeting Sustainable Development Goals but the ecological knowledge that Indigenous people hold when we care for the land are things that are central to the existence of life.

    Including Indigenous identities and ways of knowing in education and science
  9. News 8 July 2022

    European educators reaffirm their commitment to enhance the status of the teaching profession for inclusive, peaceful, democratic and sustainable societies

    Confronted with turbulent times for teachers, educational staff and their trade unions, delegates at the Special Conference of the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), the European region of Education International (EI), took a pro-active stand and reasserted their will to mobilise and organise for quality public education, for...

    European educators reaffirm their commitment to enhance the status of the teaching profession for inclusive, peaceful, democratic and sustainable societies
  10. Opinion 31 May 2022

    4 alarming findings about education across countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions

    Christina Kwauk

    Last year at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (or, COP26) in Glasgow, Education International unveiled the Education International Climate Change Education Ambition Report Card . The Report Card featured my analysis of 95 updated, revised, or new Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and their attention to climate change education as...

    4 alarming findings about education across countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions
  11. Publications

    The pandemic - moving forward: Governments and teacher unions working together to leave no-one behind

    A briefing by Education International for the International Summit on the Teaching Profession 2022
    10 May 2022

    Convened by Education International and the OECD, the International Summit on the Teaching Profession brings together governments and education unions in OECD countries in order to strengthen and support an informed and honest policy dialogue between and among elected representatives of the teaching profession and national government authorities.

    The pandemic - moving forward: Governments and teacher unions working together to leave no-one behind
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  12. News 2 May 2022

    Iraq: Kurdistan’s educators advance climate change education

    The Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU) has called for the government of this Iraqi region to provide more funding and pay more attention to climate change and its impact on people. The KTU organised a series of informational seminars for its members during the national week dedicated to tackling climate change...

    Iraq: Kurdistan’s educators advance climate change education
  13. Video

    Education in climate policies: Are countries in North Africa and the Middle East making the grade? (Arabic)

    29 April 2022

    This side event of the Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2022 discussed the role of education in the fight against the climate crisis and how countries can step up their climate education ambition. With interpretation in Arabic.

  14. Video

    Education in climate policies: Are countries in North Africa and the Middle East making the grade? (English)

    29 April 2022

    This side event of the Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2022 discussed the role of education in the fight against the climate crisis and how countries can step up their climate education ambition. With interpretation in English.

  15. News 31 March 2022

    Education in climate policies: Are countries in North Africa and the Middle East making the grade?

    Official side event | Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2022

    Which countries are prioritising quality climate education for all? On March 31st, Education International presented our analysis of the extent to which education is included in MENA countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

    Education in climate policies: Are countries in North Africa and the Middle East making the grade?
  16. Opinion 21 March 2022

    On the road to COP27, the MENA region is far behind on climate change education ambition

    Christina Kwauk

    Next week, the United Arab Emirates will host the first ever Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Climate Week . Many of the international delegates from last year’s COP26 will kickstart their journey to COP27 (to be held in November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt) by looking to the MENA...

    On the road to COP27, the MENA region is far behind on climate change education ambition
  17. Research

    The Climate Change Education Ambition Report Card: Focus on the Middle East and North Africa

    Christina Kwauk
    21 March 2022

    Conducted by Christina Kwauk, the Education International Climate Change Education Ambition Report Card examines the level of ambition on climate education and the extent to which countries prioritise education as a tool for climate action. This special edition of the Report Card focuses on countries in the Middle East and...

    The Climate Change Education Ambition Report Card: Focus on the Middle East and North Africa
    1. Climate Change Education Ambition Report Card: Focus on MENA
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