Education Unions for Climate Justice

Education International’s COP 27 Advocacy Toolkit

published 12 October 2022 updated 26 October 2022

The 27th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), or COP 27 is taking place in Sharm El-Sheikh in November 2022.

In 2019, EI member organisations globally recognized that educators and education unions have an important role to play in addressing the climate emergency and resolved to step up action for climate justice. This strong mandate from education unions led to the launch of the Teach for the Planet campaign.

The campaign calls for quality climate change education for all. To make universal climate education a reality, it is important for education and environment sectors to work together and for education to be recognised within climate policies.

EI therefore seeks to make education more visible within COP meetings. COP 27 is an important opportunity to build momentum on climate education after it was placed firmly on the table at COP 26.

The Teach for the Planet campaign also aims to advance climate justice more broadly. Education International believes that as education unions we have a responsibility to do our part in advocating for climate justice and a just transition in collaboration with the broader union movement. COP 27 is a critical moment for global climate policymaking and therefore is worth engaging with.