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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. 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”
  2. 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
  3. 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”
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.”
  8. News 20 May 2021

    Role of teachers in education for sustainable development highlighted by educators and partners

    The importance of providing quality education for sustainable development (ESD) was highlighted at the recent UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development. This vital topic – and ensuring that teachers receive initial and continuous training on that topic – was raised by Education International’s member organisations and partners during...

    Role of teachers in education for sustainable development highlighted by educators and partners
  9. News 17 May 2021

    Governments must work in collaboration with teachers for education for sustainable development

    Education International’s president Susan Hopgood brought the Teach for the Planet campaign to UNESCO’s World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and emphasised the importance of collaborating with the teaching profession to successfully implement ESD.

    Governments must work in collaboration with teachers for education for sustainable development
  10. News 29 April 2021

    Iraq: Trade unionists ready to confront climate change

    Members of the Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU) have committed to inserting environmental protection and climate change in curricula at all school levels. This development arises out of a seminar on climate change attended by the KTU.

    Iraq: Trade unionists ready to confront climate change
  11. Opinion 23 April 2021

    “Millions of Teachers Urge World Leaders to Prioritize Climate Education”, by David Edwards and Kathleen Rogers.

    David Edwards, Kathleen Rogers

    Governments across the globe are overlooking two of the most powerful tools in the fight against climate change and the building of just, sustainable, societies—teachers and students. If humanity is to avoid the worst consequences of global warming and fast forward the green, clean and sustainable economies of tomorrow today,...

    “Millions of Teachers Urge World Leaders to Prioritize Climate Education”, by David Edwards and Kathleen Rogers.