Climate change education for social transformation

On the road to COP 27: webinar series
Climate change education for social transformation - webinars
Last update: May 23, 2022

"The time to learn and act for our planet is now!"

Climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution have led to a planetary crisis that requires an urgent response. UN Secretary-General António Guterres calls the climate crisis ‘a battle for our lives’, as we struggle to transform our societies to reach the 1.5-degree path recommended by the Paris Agreement. In an increasingly complex and interconnected world with a real, existential threat such as climate change, there is a growing call for education to enable individuals, as agents of change, to acquire knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes that lead to for the green transition of our societies, as enshrined in SDG Target 4.7, and, indeed, in the entire 2030 Agenda. 

To respond to the urgent calls for action from young people to ensure every learner is equipped to tackle climate change and to promote sustainable development, as enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goal Target 4.7, UNESCO and UNFCCC are launching a series of monthly conversations on climate change education for social transformation. This series builds on the success of the ‘On the road to Berlin’ series of 7 online workshops between 2020-2021 which brought together over 15,000 stakeholders to discuss cutting-edge ESD issues. 

UNESCO-UNFCCC's Webinar Series consists of 8 webinars for this season, one on the last Tuesday of every month from April to November, on the road to COP27 to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 7 to 18 November 2022. 

The series is organized as part of the Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) Hub, an initiative launched by UNFCCC and the German regional government of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2022 to foster education and public awareness, training, public access to information, and participation in climate change action.

Tune into the first season, dedicated to the goal of greening every education policy and curriculum to be climate ready. Each episode will explore the critical role of climate change education, and how to harness its transformative power, in leading up to COP27.

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#1: Why climate change education for social transformation?

26 April 2022, 10:00 CET 

Launches the series with a joint systems thinking on climate crisis and the role of climate change education for social transformation. The discussion will explore the gaps in education policies and curriculum, and where we want to go in view of the needed social transformation towards decarbonisation and sustainability as well as the renewed understanding of climate change education today. 

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#2: How climate change knowledge can become action

31 May 2022, 14:00 CET

Reviews the core skills, values and actions as well as knowledge that are required for transformative climate change education that will bring about social change. 

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CCE for social transformation webinar 2

#3 Education for post-carbon green economies  

28 June 2022, 12:30 CET

Discusses structural transformation towards post-carbon green economies and a 1.5-degree lifestyle, as well as how knowledge, skills, values and actions relevant to economic transition can be integrated into education policies and curricula.

CCE for social transformation webinar 3

#4 Now or never: Adapting teaching and learning in a changed climate

26 July 2022, 10:00 CET

Reflects on our new realities shaped by the inevitable consequences of climate change. Within this context, the conversation will examine the teaching and learning that are needed to help learners adapt and live in the changed climate, including the importance of social and emotional learning.

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#5 Our future starts with you: How to become a climate change champion

30 August 2022, 14:00 CET

Reviews transformative pedagogies for civic action and the role of youth, educators and women as agents for social change.

CCE for social transformation webinar 5

#6 The ancient futures: Un-learning and re-learning our way towards a post-carbon future 

27 September 2022, 12:30 CET

Discusses the values and practices of harmony embedded in traditional knowledge and indigenous communities across the world, and how they help us visualize a post-carbon future. Good practice stories will be shared to inspire a brighter future for collective efforts fighting against climate change.

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#7 Getting ready to scale up climate change education at COP27

25 October 2022, 10:00 CET

Reviews the gaps, challenges and opportunities in promoting climate change education for social transformation in education and sustainable development policies and curriculums. The discussion will present concrete strategies to promote the greening of every education policy and curriculum, particularly around COP27.

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#8 Post-COP27 climate change education: Where do we go from here?

29 November 2022, 14:00 CET

Closes Season 1 by looking back at COP27 and its key takeaways, achievements, and commitments made related to climate change education.

CCE for social transformation webinar 8