Despite global calls from teachers, students and civil society, G20 Education and Labour Ministers meeting under the Italian Presidency, failed to recognise the imperative need for universal climate education.
Lack of action at a critical moment
David Edwards, Education International General Secretary, expressed disappointment in the fact that both G20 Education Ministers’ Declaration and the G20 Joint Education and Labour and Employment Minister’s Declaration did not prioritise climate education:
This lack of action comes at the same time as a new devastating U.N. report, obtained by Agence France-Presse, details how species extinction, more widespread disease, excessive heat, ecosystem collapse, and other devastating climate impacts are accelerating and will have a profound impact before any child born today turns 30. The report is a reality check against political indecisiveness and empty promises, warning that “the worst is yet to come, affecting our children's and grandchildren's lives much more than our own”. Those least responsible for global warming will suffer its consequences disproportionately. If the worst is to be avoided, "we need transformational change operating on processes and behaviours at all levels: individual, communities, business, institutions and governments”. These findings confirm educators’ belief that climate action requires climate education.
Global mobilisation more vital than ever
As Pierre Habbard, the General Secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Committee, told Education and Employment Ministers during their meeting,
Educators everywhere are determined to continue working with students and environment activists to advocate for universal climate education in the leadup to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November.
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