Tomorrow, December 12th, 2020, it will be the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement. As world leaders come together virtually to demonstrate their continued commitment, Education International calls for more ambition and further recognition of the important role education plays in tackling the climate emergency.
Not enough progress
Five years ago the heads of state and government of the world came together and promised to deal with the climate crisis. They are committed to ensuring that global temperatures do not rise more than 2 degrees and to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees. However, the measures taken so far are far from being sufficient to avert an impending climate catastrophe. 2020 is projected to be 1.2 ° C warmer than pre-industrial temperatures, and increasingly frequent and devastating extreme weather events are causing unprecedented human suffering, especially for the most vulnerable.
Greater ambition required
With COP 26 postponed to next year, the United Nations, Great Britain and France are holding one in cooperation with Italy and Chile Climate Ambition Summit. Heads of state and government are being asked to make new, more ambitious commitments to tackle climate change. Governments were asked to provide updated NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions) containing credible implementation plans to meet more ambitious targets.
Measures to strengthen the climate are key
Education International urges all governments to promptly and ambitiously update their NDCs and ensure that the NDC includes a commitment to implement the NDCs Action to strengthen the climate (ACE) agenda (aimed at promoting climate education, as well as training, public awareness, public access to information, public participation and international cooperation).
Education International campaigns for universal compulsory climate literacy
Recently, Education International joined EarthDay.Org in its campaign calling on all governments to do so Make climate protection mandatory, evaluate it and combine it with a strong civic component. The campaign urges governments to make climate education a core curriculum subject rather than a neglected addition.
Education International members are invited to enroll in one open letter to the signatories of the Paris Agreement. The letter urges them to take bold actions regarding climate and environmental literacy – to ensure that these are integrated and embedded across all grade levels and disciplines – and to support the efforts of poorer countries to meet their climate education goals.
Haldis Holst, Deputy Secretary General of Educational International, said of the campaign: “The climate crisis is increasingly affecting every country, every community and every school around the world. Teachers report that many young students show signs of fear and concern about their future. So the commitment to put climate education at the heart of the curriculum is not just about equipping young people with the skills and knowledge they need as adults. It is also about healing, hope and commitment to solutions that can resolve this crisis in time as the world increases its ambitions. "
Register here to watch the climate summit: Climate Ambition Summit 2020
Further information on the Climate Literacy Campaign can be found at: Climate competence | EARTHDAY.ORG
Click to access the EI Education Unions and Educators Guide to the Climate Emergency in Education: "Education: A Powerful Tool to Combat Climate Change" Here.