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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. News 7 December 2015

    Education is the pathway to a sustainable future

    With COP21 negotiations in Paris focused on reaching a climate agreement, the central role of education in creating a sustainable future has largely been overshadowed, an issue that Education International is urging leaders to acknowledge.

    Education is the pathway to a sustainable future
  2. News 5 December 2015

    A sustainable world begins in the classroom

    As nations continued to negotiate their way toward a climate agreement in Paris, COP21 put education under the spotlight during the fourth day of deliberations to bring into focus the foundation of a sustainable future.

    A sustainable world begins in the classroom
  3. News 4 November 2015

    UNESCO report rethinks education for the 21st Century

    Rethinking Education provides a blueprint of the type of education needed for the 21st century, with a focus on respect for life and human dignity, social justice, and a shared responsibility for a sustainable future.

    UNESCO report rethinks education for the 21st Century
  4. News 22 October 2015

    Critical moment reached before global climate negotiations kick-off

    With time ticking away before the world’s leaders meet in Paris in December to strike a new climate deal, sustainable development education is one step closer to becoming a reality in curriculum around the world.

    Critical moment reached before global climate negotiations kick-off
  5. News 20 April 2015

    Call for nominations for the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development

    The call for nominations is opened for the first edition of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development, honouring outstanding efforts of individuals, institutions, organisations or other entities engaged in education for sustainable development activities.

    Call for nominations for the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development
  6. News 16 February 2015

    EI shares alternative vision to World Bank’s plan for privatised education

    Piece by piece, the World Bank’s strategy for private investment in education was dismantled by Education International last week in Washington, where meetings with trade unions addressed austerity measures and proposed labour market reforms.

    EI shares alternative vision to World Bank’s plan for privatised education
  7. News 13 November 2014

    Japan: EI calls for teachers to be at the centre of education for sustainable development

    The fundamental role of teachers in achieving quality education was the main message conveyed by Education International (EI) to the more than 1,100 delegates attending the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, on 10-12 November.

    Japan: EI calls for teachers to be at the centre of education for sustainable development
  8. News 29 January 2014

    Africa: Quality education will drive future development

    Quality education could play a crucial role in the African continent’s development over the next 50 years. That’s according to Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union’s Commission. Her comments were included in “an email from the future”, sent during the Ministerial retreat of the African Union’s Executive...

    Africa: Quality education will drive future development
  9. News 20 June 2013

    EI calls for universal quality education for sustainable development

    In her presentation at the 4th Session of the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development, held in New York 17-19 June, EI coordinator Antonia Wulff argued for equity and quality in education as preconditions for a successful sustainable development framework.

    EI calls for universal quality education for sustainable development
  10. News 19 November 2012

    Gambia: EI and GTU join forces to Occupy education!

    Last week in Banjul, Gambia, Education International and the GTU laid the foundation of EI’s new initiative “Occupy Education”. The first stage of this pilot phase consisted of a needs assessment workshop the purpose of which was to identify current gaps and strategic areas for GTU’s future collaboration with EI,...

    Gambia: EI and GTU join forces to Occupy education!
  11. News 17 September 2012

    The CSFEF calls for education on sustainable development

    The EI’s “Comité syndical francophone de l’Education et de la Formation” (CSFEF – Francophone trade union education and training committee) held its 13th meeting in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on 3 and 4 September. It discussed the theme of the forthcoming Francophone Summit to be held,...

    The CSFEF calls for education on sustainable development
  12. News 14 June 2012

    Earth Summit Rio+20: building a green future together

    The international trade union movement is bringing three key demands to the Rio+20 Summit being held from 20-22 June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The demands are for investment in Green and Decent Jobs by 2015, the universal implementation of a Social Protection Floor, and the introduction of a Financial...

    Earth Summit Rio+20: building a green future together
  13. News 9 December 2011

    Durban 2011: urgent need for a green growth roadmap

    The United Nations Climate Change Conference brought together representatives of the world's governments, international organizations and civil society in Durban, South Africa, from 28 November-11 December. It aimed at reaching an international agreement for a truly global emission reduction regime.

    Durban 2011: urgent need for a green growth roadmap
  14. News 19 September 2011

    Canada: National green schools programme launched

    The Canadian Teachers' Federation is supporting the launch of a new green high schools programme to encourage secondary students to create environmental projects while exploring the wealth of environmental career opportunities available.

    Canada: National green schools programme launched
  15. News 2 September 2011

    Uganda: Energy and climate education on the governmental agenda

    Ugandan national authorities have launched an Energy and Climate Change awareness-raising campaign in schools to create an energy- and environment-conscious new generation.

    Uganda: Energy and climate education on the governmental agenda