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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 9 January 2020

    Australia: trade unions mobilise in the national bushfire crisis

    Education International commends the Australian Council of Trade Unions for its prompt reaction to help communities affected by the raging bushfires and its call for donation and/or volunteering.

    Australia: trade unions mobilise in the national bushfire crisis
  2. Opinion 23 December 2019

    "On life and the market", by David Edwards.

    David Edwards

    From an early age, we try to fit children into the world. Instead, perhaps, we should reflect on how the world should fit children.

    "On life and the market", by David Edwards.
  3. News 11 December 2019

    COP 25: Educators firmly commit to helping address the climate emergency

    Speaking at the 25th United Nations Conference on Climate Change, Education International reiterated its resolve to contribute to solving the climate crisis, tackling the climate emergency from the classroom.

    COP 25: Educators firmly commit to helping address the climate emergency
  4. Opinion 22 October 2019

    “Education International. Eighth World Congress”, by John Bangs.

    John Bangs

    The online magazine ‘Education Journal’ recently published in its edition 385 a report of Education International’s eighth World Congress in Bangkok by EI Senior Consultant, John Bangs. Education Journal has agreed to its publication for Worlds of Education. It has been slightly edited for EI’s global audience.

    “Education International. Eighth World Congress”, by John Bangs.
  5. Opinion 18 October 2019

    “Education – Changing the World”, by David Edwards

    David Edwards

    The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF/FCE) devoted the most recent edition of its magazine, “Perspectives” to education and democracy. It covers the challenges to democracy in Canada, North America and the world. It also reports on education initiatives that have been developed in Canada to support and re-enforce democratic values and...

    “Education – Changing the World”, by David Edwards
  6. News 15 October 2019

    Niger: education unions stand together against climate change

    Niger’s teaching unions, brought together under the Education International branch in the country, have recently led a number of activities in connection with the Global Week of Climate Action, most notably the Day of Reflections on Climate Change, while also lending their support to the climate march which was organised...

    Niger: education unions stand together against climate change
  7. News 27 September 2019

    Education unionists speak at United Nations against climate change and for SDG implementation

    Education International’s leaders joined advocates from across the globe convening at the United Nations General Assembly this week, amid crises including climate change and threats of armed conflict, as well as a growing concern about progress on the 2030 deadline for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Education unionists speak at United Nations against climate change and for SDG implementation
  8. Opinion 24 September 2019

    “Governments, Fulfil Your Promises: Make Climate Change Education Universal Now!”, by David Edwards.

    David Edwards

    It was a historic moment when in 2015 UN member states adopted a progressive agenda for a better world, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Central to the SDGs was the important (albeit overdue) recognition that social and economic development cannot be pursued without taking into account their environmental impact. That...

    “Governments, Fulfil Your Promises: Make Climate Change Education Universal Now!”, by David Edwards.
  9. Opinion 18 September 2019

    “Global Week of Climate Action: Count us in!”, by Susan Hopgood.

    Susan Hopgood

    Strongest hurricane in recorded history, hottest summer, unprecedented mass bleaching of the coral reef… we have grown accustomed to deal in superlatives. Since 1970, the number of natural disasters worldwide has more than quadrupled to around 400 a year. Scientists have warned us about the extreme weather phenomena climate change...

    “Global Week of Climate Action: Count us in!”, by Susan Hopgood.