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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 26 October 2021

    Register today! | Teaching for Climate Action: Schools Shaping the Future

    COP26 event co-organised by the OECD, Education International, and UNESCO

    The education sector has a unique role to play in building a greener twenty-first century. The OECD, Education International, and UNESCO have launched a joint initiative to gather teaching expertise on what makes a difference in empowering students for climate action.

    Register today! | Teaching for Climate Action: Schools Shaping the Future
  2. 25 October 2021

    Seven things to know about COP 26: A quick guide for education unionists

    Alanah Torralba

    After a one-year delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, world leaders, negotiators, civil society representatives and key stakeholders will be convening for the UN climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland from October 31 to November 12. The two-week conference aims to mobilise urgently needed climate action in order to meet the...

    Seven things to know about COP 26: A quick guide for education unionists
  3. News 13 October 2021

    Educators in Asia-Pacific call for an urgent commitment to quality climate change education

    Participants at the Education International Asia-Pacific (EIAP) Region’s Conference, “Mobilising Educators for Climate Change Education”, urge governments, education unions in the region, and delegates to the 2021 United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP 26) to ensure quality climate change education (CCE) for all and to recognise its role in...

    Educators in Asia-Pacific call for an urgent commitment to quality climate change education
  4. News 12 October 2021

    Teach for the Planet: Asia-Pacific educators campaign for climate change education for all

    Educators and their unions from the Asia-Pacific region have urged governments to urgently prioritise the provision of quality climate change education. On 11 October, educators launched the Education International Asia-Pacific (EIAP) Region’s campaign, “Educators for Sustainable Development”, by calling for government support for teachers in their climate action initiatives.

    Teach for the Planet: Asia-Pacific educators campaign for climate change education for all
  5. Publications and Research

    Teach for the Planet | An Education Unionist’s Guide to Climate Education Advocacy

    Alanah Torralba
    30 September 2021

    We can still avoid the worst consequences of climate change if we start making critical changes today. This is where teachers can make a difference: by educating students and their communities about the pathways to a more livable and equitable future.

    Teach for the Planet | An Education Unionist’s Guide to Climate Education Advocacy
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  6. News 28 September 2021

    New research: World fails in climate education despite urgent need to act

    New research from Education International shows that despite the urgency of the climate crisis, countries around the world are not prioritising climate education, a fundamental component for a sustainable future. The research examined the level of ambition on climate education and the extent to which countries prioritise education as a...

    New research: World fails in climate education despite urgent need to act
  7. Opinion 28 September 2021

    Who’s making the grade on climate change education ambition?

    Christina Kwauk

    The release of the 6th IPCC report on the physical science of climate change this month raised the alarm around the urgency to act on the climate crisis. Clearly, global leaders did not heed the previous five alarms nor did they listen to recent calls to increase the ambition of...

    Who’s making the grade on climate change education ambition?
  8. Publications and Research

    The Climate Change Education Ambition Report Card

    Christina Kwauk
    28 September 2021

    Conducted by Christina Kwauk, the Education International Climate Change Education Ambition Report Card examines the level of ambition on climate education and the extent to which countries prioritise education as a tool for climate action.

    The Climate Change Education Ambition Report Card
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  9. Opinion 22 July 2021

    “Harnessing education’s power for positive climate action”

    Rachel Bolstad

    I want educators to get excited about climate change. Not because it is a good thing, but because there is so much that we can do to play a constructive, positive role in the solutions for a better future.

    “Harnessing education’s power for positive climate action”
  10. News 9 July 2021

    Arab educators and their unions ready to rebuild education and shape the future of their work

    The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the education sector, the future of work, climate change action, the protection of human and trade union rights, and safeguarding democracy were at the heart of discussions during the 5th Conference of Education International's Arab Countries Cross-Regional Structure (ACCRS).

    Arab educators and their unions ready to rebuild education and shape the future of their work
  11. Opinion 7 July 2021

    “Education for Sustainable Development on the agenda”

    Siri Skjaeveland Lode

    I am a member of the Executive Board of Union of Education Norway, and I was so lucky to be part of Norway's delegation to the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development , organized by UNESCO, from 17 to 19 May 2021. During three whole days, delegates from all...

    “Education for Sustainable Development on the agenda”
  12. News 5 July 2021

    Teach for the Planet: Students and Teachers Confront the Climate Crisis

    Join students and teachers from around the world for a dialogue with governments on quality climate education for all. What does it need to look like? How can it empower students for climate action? How do we make it happen everywhere?

    Teach for the Planet: Students and Teachers Confront the Climate Crisis
  13. News 1 July 2021

    Education International, the OECD and UNESCO join forces to support teacher collaboration on climate education

    Launched during an online event co-hosted by Education International, the OECD and UNESCO on 1 July, the Global Teaching Insights initiative is part of Education International’s Teach for the Planet campaign . The project features an online platform where teachers can connect with colleagues from around the world to share...

    Education International, the OECD and UNESCO join forces to support teacher collaboration on climate education
  14. News 14 June 2021

    Teachers from Latin America unite to Educate for the Planet

    More than 6000 teachers from Argentina, and from education unions in Latin America and the world, participated in the International Congress on Environmental Education, organised by the Confederación de Trabajadores de la Educación de la República Argentina (CTERA).

    Teachers from Latin America unite to Educate for the Planet
  15. Opinion 3 June 2021

    “Argentina: Teachers lead national strategy for Comprehensive Environmental Education.”

    Graciela Mandolini

    We live in a historical time in which all kinds of emergencies are constantly being played out: environmental, climate, energy, health, economic ... All of these converge in what many authors define as thecrisis of civilization. The environmental agenda has been setting the pace and environmental conflicts have burst into...

    “Argentina: Teachers lead national strategy for Comprehensive Environmental Education.”