Why education is a climate matter
Opening people’s eyes about the climate crisis
Whether one chooses to focus on health, the environment, or decarbonisation, all action on climate change requires knowledge. But knowledge on its own is not enough; it needs to be translated and disseminated by way of education. Therefore, education, both for the young and as life-long learning, is key to climate action. In the UK, a lack of knowledge about climate change has even been identified as the most important barrier to engagement in climate action.1 Empowering teachers will be essential to achieve the turnaround that is needed in taking care of our planet. Access to education, modern teaching tools and inspiring educational materials make a difference in helping children learn why and how the planet is warming and what can be done to stop this.
Education offers the opportunity also to learn about the overall benefits that containing climate change brings - whether in terms of health, social justice, food security or more even opportunities for different genders. Furthermore, it can entice children and teenagers to get involved in protecting the planet, to train for professions needed to sustain a healthy climate or to take responsibility for our natural world in other ways. Besides programmes for children and teenagers, climate change education should also encompass learning activities of all ages. Acknowledging that learning is a lifelong endeavour highlights that institutions other than schools are vital places for climate education, such as faith based organisations, community groups and labour organisations.
Philanthropists with an interest in education can target their commitments on a wide range of climate issues. You can support programmes that help children learn about nature and the effects climate change has on the natural world. You can empower climate teachers and educators by supporting better training and resources in kindergartens and classrooms. Providing funding to allow more students to pursue climate-related degrees or vocational training in green industries will also help taking better care of both our planet and future generations.
Equally, you can invest in further education to help raise awareness also among adult generations of the dangerous effects of global warming. Another option is to fund public and political campaigns that alert the public as well as economic and political decision-makers to the need for more urgent climate action. Or you can support research on how to improve climate communication so that more people will realize the imminent risks of the climate crisis.
Climate Story Lab
The Climate Story lab catalyzes the most compelling media projects to advance and spread climate change communication.
Project example: The Lab has developed a communication toolbox suggesting guiding principles on how to communicate about climate change, including a library of best-practices and a selection of Social Media assets.
|Regions||Europe and North America|
|Lever||Communication, Research, Education, Networks|
The Siemens Stiftung is a corporate foundation committed to promoting sustainable social development. Climate-related issues are an integral part of the foundation’s work which focusses on Education, Culture, and Development Cooperation.