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Climate action and literacy

The world is undeniably facing a climate emergency. As defenders of truth and science, teachers are mobilising for climate justice and literacy.

We are working to ensure climate change education is taught in schools across the world to equip students with the critical knowledge they need in their daily lives and to inform their choices as active citizens. We advocate for climate education to be integrated into curricula, initial teacher training and continuous professional development and for education to be recognised as a key tool in the fight against climate change.

Together with students, with the global trade union movement and civil society partners, we advocate for a just transition in order to secure workers’ rights and livelihoods as economies shift to sustainable production.

Our work in this area

  1. Worlds of Education 4 December 2023

    Towards a Just Transition in Education: A Strategic Guide on Fossil Fuel Divestment for Education Unions

    Alanah Torralba

    Every year, despite recording ‘hottest ever’ temperatures, the world consumes more fossil fuels than ever before. Consequently, climate disasters also continue to rise in frequency and intensity. In 2022, for instance, a third of Pakistan’s land mass was under water for several months following record monsoon rains and melting glaciers...

    Towards a Just Transition in Education: A Strategic Guide on Fossil Fuel Divestment for Education Unions
  2. Publications

    Towards a Just Transition in Education: A Strategic Guide on Fossil Fuel Divestment for Education Unions

    Alanah Torralba
    22 November 2023

    Amidst intensifying climate change impacts, demanding the phaseout of fossil fuels and the acceleration of a just and rapid transition into a low-carbon economy are urgent political tasks. For educators and their unions, a critical step is consolidating a fossil fuel divestment campaign that targets not just the disentanglement of...

    Towards a Just Transition in Education: A Strategic Guide on Fossil Fuel Divestment for Education Unions
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  3. Research

    Fossil Fuel Subsidies: A Briefing for Education Unions

    Zeynep Clulow
    22 November 2023

    This policy brief explores the fossil fuels-education relationship by combining the most comprehensive recent data on fossil fuels from the IMF fossil fuel database with educational performance and potential confounding factors from the World Bank World Development Indicators databases, resulting in a dataset of 1651 observations after omitting country-years with...

    Fossil Fuel Subsidies: A Briefing for Education Unions
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  4. News 22 November 2023

    South African President Ramaphosa: Investing in education builds resilience in times of crises

    “It is a real privilege to address this 10th Africa Regional Conference of Education International, particularly with its focus on shaping the future of education on our continent, as well as beyond. And the theme of your conference, 'Standing together for resilient education systems in times of crises', resonates very...

    South African President Ramaphosa: Investing in education builds resilience in times of crises
  5. News 22 September 2023

    Education unionists strategise action against fossil fuels

    The 9th meeting of the Education International Climate Network took place online on September 20. Fossil fuel subsidies and their impact on education, as well as education union strategies for fossil fuel divestment, and the continued mobilisation for climate education were on the agenda.

    Education unionists strategise action against fossil fuels
  6. Worlds of Education 25 July 2023

    From poetic pedagogy to a poetics of pedagogy

    Diana Léocadie, Sydalise Dufestin

    Pedagogy speaks of children. Poetry is addressed to children – the children we once were. In this alliance of words, it may then be possible to find something still unexplored, or something so simple we have not thought of it. Something that would open new doors or paths by giving...

    From poetic pedagogy to a poetics of pedagogy
  7. News 27 June 2023

    The need to green schools: Climate change and gender inequality at the top of the Global Partnership for Education

    Climate change is a human rights crisis that threatens education and global efforts toward gender equality. Education International (EI) welcomes the Global Partnership for Education’s (GPE) strategy to develop education systems that are climate resilient and mindful of the impacts of the environmental crisis on girls’ education.

    The need to green schools: Climate change and gender inequality at the top of the Global Partnership for Education
  8. News 22 December 2022

    Let´s make 2023 a year of renewed solidarity for education around the world

    As 2022 comes to a close, we look back on a year of challenges, but also a year of solidarity and hope as we continue to work together to make sure quality public education is accessible to all in every country around the world.

    Let´s make 2023 a year of renewed solidarity for education around the world
  9. News 21 December 2022

    An exciting year of activism for quality climate education for all

    As the second year of the Teach for the Planet campaign draws to a close, we look back at some of the highlights of 2022, including increasing recognition of education in climate policy, putting climate issues firmly on the agenda for education policy at the international level, and enhancing union...

    An exciting year of activism for quality climate education for all
  10. Worlds of Education 5 December 2022

    #16Days | Brazilian women fighting to protect the Amazon

    Fátima da Silva

    The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international UN Women campaign that has been running since 1991 and which provides an opportunity to reflect on the issue of abuse suffered by women around the world. The campaign runs from 25 November to 10 December and this year...

    #16Days | Brazilian women fighting to protect the Amazon
  11. News 30 November 2022

    COP 27 is another cop out – but education unions continue to build the change our planet needs

    As the 27th United Nations climate change conference (COP) came to a close, it was clear that the global political community had, once again, failed. Despite unequivocal scientific evidence that human-induced climate change is causing widespread losses and greenhouse gas emission must rapidly decline, the conference did not agree to...

    COP 27 is another cop out – but education unions continue to build the change our planet needs
  12. News 4 November 2022

    Join us! Teach for the Planet at COP27

    The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) is taking place in Egypt, from November 6th to the 18th. Education International will bring the Teach for the Planet campaign to COP27 to advocate for climate justice, quality climate education for all students, and a just transition for all workers.

    Join us! Teach for the Planet at COP27
  13. News 4 November 2022

    COP27 event | Educators on a heating planet: Ensuring a just transition in the education sector

    November 10 | 11:00 - 12:00 noon EET

    The climate crisis can be felt in the education sector in the here and now. Educators’ work and lives are being impacted by climate change in countries across the world. To ensure the right to quality education for all students and the right to decent work for all educators in...

    COP27 event | Educators on a heating planet: Ensuring a just transition in the education sector
  14. News 4 November 2022

    COP27 event | Quality climate change education for all: What is it and how do we achieve it?

    November 9 | 17:00 to 18:00 EET

    The world needs quality climate education for all. But what defines “quality” when it comes to climate change education? What does it look, sound, and feel like in the classroom and in communities? What impact does it have? And what steps do we have to take to make it a...

    COP27 event | Quality climate change education for all: What is it and how do we achieve it?
  15. News 19 October 2022

    Education unions build power for climate justice

    Last week representatives from education unions across the world came together online to share experiences, build power, and strategise to advance Education International’s Teach for the Planet campaign.

    Education unions build power for climate justice