The coalition aims to establish compulsory climate education in schools across the globe, by promoting the importance of climate education and associated issues to members of civil society, politicians, UN officials, entrepreneurs, and global press
‘Earth Day’ organiser EARTHDAY.ORG (EDO) has announced the Climate Education Coalition at their first Climate Education Hub at COP27. The nonprofit said the coalition comprises over 100 organisations and individuals around the globe working to promote climate education for Earth Day 2023, and demand it as a negotiating topic for COP28.
According to the organisation, the coalition’s mission is to work collaboratively in preparing future and current generations to face the consequences of the climate crisis, while bringing together responsible solutions to reverse climate change.
By instilling responsibility amongst people of all ages, the coalition will help our planet heal by moving forward consciously to ensure the mistakes of past generations will not be repeated, EDO noted in its statement at COP27.
In July 2022, WSP Middle East’s Sophia Kee told Middle East Construction News (MECN) that, “We have 93% certainty within the next five years of hitting new temperature highs.” In September 2022, Copernicus data revealed that summer 2022 was the hottest on record for Europe.
“Climate education is one of the most important solutions towards solving climate change. Education is where every action starts, it is a begging of innovation. It’s the moment when you hear about something, and you get inspired to act,” said Johnny Dabrowski, Climate Education Coalition Member and EARTHDAY.ORG Consultant.
Along with preparing current and future generations to adequately combat and reverse the climate crisis, the Climate Education Coalition aims to establish compulsory climate education in schools across the globe, by promoting the importance of climate education, green jobs, technologies and policies, civic engagement, youth empowerment, and climate justice and equity to members of civil society, politicians, UN officials, entrepreneurs, and global press, the statement added.
The Climate Education Coalition will use 22 April 2023 as Earth Day for Climate Education, in order to meet with policymakers, spread educational resources, organise workshops, practice lawful demonstrations, and collaborate with stakeholders to standardise access to climate education in school curricula, educational institutions and organisations, and communities around the world, the statement from EDO concluded.
In October 2022, the UNEP cautioned that the lack of progress leaves the world hurtling towards a temperature rise far above the Paris Agreement goal of well below 2C, and preferably 1.5C.