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Why climate change education for social transformation? – Webinar #1
Event Date: 
Tue, 2022/04/26
Online (Paris)

UNESCO and UNFCCC are launching a series of eight monthly conversations, one every month from April to December, focused on climate change education on the road to COP27, which will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt on 7-18 November 2022.


The series is dedicated to the goal of greening every education policy and curriculum to ensure that every learner is equipped with the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to tackle climate change and promote sustainable development. The series highlights the central role of education in promoting social transformation, which implies a certain level of disruption in individual action intertwined with a reorganization of societal structures towards a more just and sustainable direction.


The series is organized in view of the UNESCO global framework on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for the period 2020-2030, entitled “Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the SDGs (ESD for 2030)”, as well as Glasgow work programme on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) to promote transformative education to tackle the climate crisis, and feeds into the ACE Hub, an initiative launched by UNFCCC and the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2022 to foster education and public awareness, training, public access to information and participation in climate change action.


The first session sets the tone of the whole series and introduces key questions and issues on the role of education to address the climate crisis and to encourage climate action for the green transition of our societies. Participants reflect on the meaning and the status of advancement of climate change education today in solving the climate crisis. The session will try to answer the following questions:

  • What is the role of education as a key response to the climate crisis and what should transformative climate change education look like?
  • What are the challenges countries face in integrating climate change education into education policies and curriculum? How can these be overcome to have climate-ready education systems?


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