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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 10 March 2017

    Standardised tests and Global Citizenship: a flawed relationship?

    The UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development is a reminder that governments have committed to universal education for sustainable development, global citizenship and human rights, a commitment made when governments signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Standardised tests and Global Citizenship: a flawed relationship?
  2. News 25 November 2016

    Civil society reacts to European Commission strategy on SDGs

    Education International has joined with other civil society organisations to demand leadership from the European Union to ensure the full implementation of the sustainable development goals.

    Civil society reacts to European Commission strategy on SDGs
  3. News 21 November 2016

    COP22: Education is the fuel of the future

    The crucial role of educators indelivering education for sustainable development and climate change education was reaffirmed at the “Sustainability starts with educators” roundtable at the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

    COP22: Education is the fuel of the future
  4. News 10 November 2016

    Education unions want COP22 to be the “action COP”

    Education unions at the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change have insisted that this conference be the “action COP”, enabling the implementation process of last year’s formally adopted Paris Agreement.

    Education unions want COP22 to be the “action COP”
  5. News 10 November 2016

    Education unions want COP22 to be the “action COP”

    Education unions at the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change have insisted that this conference be the “action COP”, enabling the implementation process of last year’s formally adopted Paris Agreement.

    Education unions want COP22 to be the “action COP”
  6. News 8 November 2016

    COP22: Workers and education at heart of ‘just transition’ to greener economy

    Education International is joining those advocating for a “just transition” to a greener economy and reiterating that education is a powerful tool to counter climate change, at the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

    COP22: Workers and education at heart of ‘just transition’ to greener economy
  7. News 16 June 2016

    Is Europe’s trade agreement with Canada the Trojan horse of TTIP?

    This was the question being asked as Belgian education unionists and civil society activists debated the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement’s implications on the public sector, in particular education, recently in Brussels.

    Is Europe’s trade agreement with Canada the Trojan horse of TTIP?
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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