Launch of Climate Change Education web portal
UNESCO is launching a web portal dedicated to climate change education (CCE). Designed to support education professionals, ministries of education, the development community and other partners, the resource was developed within the framework of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014).
According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, climate change is the defining issue of our time, and concerns everyone, everywhere. Successfully meeting the social, economic and environmental challenges posed by climate change will require heightened awareness at all levels of society (informed citizens, a knowledgeable workforce and enlightened government officials). Such awareness depends on effective CCE, one of the keys both to reducing climate change and coping with current inevitable temperature changes.
The CCE Clearinghouse aims to promote and facilitate climate change education by providing practitioners with resources to design and implement climate change courses, and stay abreast of trends and challenges in the field.
The website provides a regularly updated collection of pedagogical materials – courses, lesson plans, activities and audiovisual resources – that cover both the science behind global warming and strategies for adapting to and reducing the impact of climate change. Visitors to the clearinghouse will also find links to numerous CCE-related research documents, case studies and academic journals.
Additionally, the site features a calendar of upcoming CCE events, a list of complementary CCE resource hubs, information about CCE-related funding opportunities and a comprehensive directory of agencies and organizations dedicated to expanding and improving climate change education.
This resource is available in English, French and Spanish.