Global Climate change is here and its impacts on people and resources are expected to intensify in the near future. If we do not act now against climate change, global temperatures are expected to increase 4°C or more by the time today’s teenagers reach their 80s. Relevant announcements include the Commission’s European Green Deal that urges towards the creation of a new European Competence Framework on climate change and sustainable development; the Paris Agreement which highlights the importance of climate change education and the UN climate regime which urges upon the development of educational and training programmes on climate change. According to UNESCO, education is a critical element of the international response to climate change having a more than ever critical role to play in developing a generation capable of boosting green growth. Even though a great number of schools around the world have already started to tackle the difficult issue of climate change in classrooms, these attempts are still very immature and mainly focus on teaching facts on how the planet is changing. Of course, knowing the reasoning and impacts of climate change is of great importance but is only one aspect of climat change education. Today’s students will be dealing with tomorrow’s climate change consequences and, therefore, schools need to be at the forefront of preparing them with the relevant skills for developing climate change solutions. An effective educational approach shall be put in place endeavouring to foster greater engagement across disciplines and embed climate change in different school subjects with a particular focus on the social dimensions of climate change.
STUDENTS IN CLIMATE ACTION project comes as a response to all the above since it seeks to strengthen the capacity of primary and secondary education to provide quality climate change education by introducing an innovative climate change-related curriculum that integrates the educational approaches of environmental activism, civil discourse, project-based learning and gamification.
To accomplish this mission, the project is setting the following objectives:
1) developing an innovative curriculum for primary and secondary education students with the aim to increase their awareness about climate change and enable them to develop transversal and green-related skills.
2) offering students highly engaging gaming experiences around the issue of climate change through the STUDENTS IN CLIMATE ACTION board game that shall be created.
3) developing a training program for educators to enable them to apply the STUDENTS IN CLIMATE ACTION curriculum while simultaneously further advancing their professional development in youth and environmental activism pedagogies and in the effective use of civil discourse in the classroom.
4) promoting a culture of social mindfulness and responsibility regarding climate change since the earlier students are educated about environmental issues, the more sustainable their behaviors will become.
Zespol Szkol w Lubczy, Poland
STIMMULI FOR SOCIAL CHANGE, Greece
1o Dimotiko Sxoleio Alexandrias, Greece
ZERO – Associação Sistema Terrestre Sustentável, Portugal
CSI CENTER FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION LTD, Cyprus
UNIWERSYTET PEDAGOGICZNY IM KOMISJI EDUKACJI NARODOWEJ W KRAKOWIE, Poland