Climate change is a topic unlike any other and is one of the key issues of our time, shaping the future of our society and economy. Changes in climate are already having a profound effect on the lives of Europeans and what we do now will determine what kind of world our children will live in. Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (CCESD) plays an important role in teaching next generations how to adapt to local conditions. The best way to reach an understanding for the youth is to make them aware of the impending threats ahead of us, thus preparing and encouraging them to be future active citizens. According to UNESC0 “raising awareness and promoting knowledge and skills-development, education is an essential component and catalyst for responding to global climate change”. In particular, art. 6 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and art. 12 of the 2015 Paris Agreement encourage to enhance, promote, develop, and implement educational training and public awareness programmes on climate change and its effects on national/international level. To translate these commitments and acknowledgements into practice, coordination, support and resources are required. That’s why Erasmus+ is an effective instrument, supporting mobilities and projects within the fields of environment, energy and climate change which ensure complementarity with EU Climate Action and the EU Green Deal. This offers the ideal framework to promote a serious and sustainable Climate Change Education (CCE) and integrate it into all levels and aspects of education systems.
But what exactly would high quality education on climate change be like? CCE has not yet been established as an independent subject. It is usually integrated within different school subjects and considered as a part of the policies and practices on education for sustainable development. Education on climate change is grounded in science, but it is also about behaviour and action. It is about the environment and economy, but also about equality and social organisation. It promotes future citizenship that is environmentally and socially responsible on a global scale. However, in the future CCE could be an independent subject with interdisciplinary practice. The considerations and commitments outline that climate change should be embedded in education systems as it is affecting our environment and social fabric, and reshaping the ideas on how we should live our lives.
Therefore, we decided to set up this project with the aim to acquire, develop and improve new skills/competences/common strategies as well as an exchange of good practices to get the topic of climate change into the classroom and tackling it in a different way. Moreover, this cooperation represents a crucial opportunity to develop international synergies, share expertise and learn the best practices from each other.