A Snapshot of Climate Change Education Initiatives in Europe

Initial findings and implications for future Climate Change Education

This ALLEA report contains initial findings and implications for future Climate Change Education. It points out that Climate Change Education should focus more on mitigation, adaptation and climate justice.

ALLEA (2020) A Snapshot of Climate Change Education Initiatives in Europe
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This ALLEA report “A snapshot of Climate Change Education Initiatives in Europe: Initial findings and implications for future Climate Change Education” points out that Climate Change Education initiatives in addition to looking at causes of climate change need to expand to focus more on mitigation and adaptation, and help students understand that mitigation is not only crucial for future generations but is also essential for current disadvantaged populations on whom climate change is having the biggest impact.

The report’s further headline recommendations include:

  • Existing high-quality examples of Climate Change Education resources for different age groups should be collated so that educators throughout Europe could use them in different educational settings.
  • The development, implementation and assessment of high-quality professional development programmes for teachers and the impact of these professional development programmes on the teaching and learning about climate change should be focused on.
  • More local initiatives that are fully contextualised and address the needs of communities should be developed.
  • Climate Change Education resources and programmes should adopt more solution-oriented and collective action approaches to climate change.

The document has been prepared by ALLEA’s Science Education Working Group and contains recommendations based on an on-line survey of existing initiatives complemented by educational research literature and the expertise of the scholars who conducted this work.

Source: ALLEA (2020). A snapshot of Climate Change Education Initiatives in Europe: Some initial findings and implica- tions for future Climate Change Education research. Lead authors: Cliona Murphy, Gabriela Martínez Sainz, Maija Aksela, Gerd Bergman, Michael Jones, Pierre Léna, David Wilgenbus. Berlin. DOI: 10.26356/climateeducation

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