Climate Education • Education sectors offer great opportunity to combat climate change. • There is a clear education agenda in climate change, which teaches that changing behaviors can reduce the dangers and manage the hazards of climate change.
Climate Change • According to the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change, climate change is progressing and will have widespread effects on human life and natural systems. • Climate change has caused increased heat waves, flooding, droughts, tropical cyclones, rising sea levels, and damage to biodiversities.
Climate Change • In the long run climate change threatens the physical safety, psychological well- being, and education of communities. • In terms of education, enrollment in schools would decrease because children would be kept out of school in order to aid with family livelihood.
Addressing Climate Change • Climate change is addressed through: mitigation and adaptation. • Mitigationconcentrates on ways to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations. • Adaptationreduces the vulnerability of natural and human systems that impact climate change and teach people how to adapt to a changing climate through adjustments in social, ecological or economic systems. • Therefore, education plays a major role in combating climate change.
Education and Climate Change • Education can enable the public to make informed decisions and take action against climate change. • However, policymakers have not fully engaged the education sector, even though existing climate change frameworks could develop education as a mitigation and adaptation strategy.
Education and Climate Change • Presently, there are a few mechanisms in place at the national level to support the development of educational activities within existing climate change committees. • However, what we lack is a clear and coherent articulation of how to incorporate education into the climate change agenda.
Education and Climate Change • Currently there are five relevant education agendas that aim to combat climate change: 1. Education for All (EFA) 2. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) 3. The Quality Learning Agenda 4. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 5. Environmental and Climate Change Education
Employing Climate Education • Climate change is the greatest public issue of our time. • Education plays a key role in empowering individuals to make informed choices and develop behaviors that move society towards sustainable practices. • This work must be carried out in partnership with the education, climate change, risk reduction, sustainable development and environmental sustainability communities.
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