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How can education affect climate change?

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A three-day seminar will bring together 60 climate change, education and curricula development experts, in particular coming from Small Islands Developing States, to find answers to the question at UNESCO HQ in Paris at the end of July.

Climate change is a global challenge and education plays a central role in understanding, mitigating and adapting to it. The seminar will examine how climate change issues can be integrated into educational programmes and school curricula and will particularly examine the issues of guidelines, learning materials and networking in this context.

Other objectives include mobilizing support for relevant teacher training, enhancing the exchange of good practices on climate change education and finding ways to better use existing networks such as the UNESCO Associated Schools Networks and World Heritage sites to promote local field-based education.

During the seminar there will be a screening of the film, Nous resterons sur terre (Here to Stay). The environmental documentary, which looks at how humanity’s relationship with the planet has become unbalanced, features Founding President of the Global Climate change Initiative Mikhail Gorbachev, Nobel Prize Wangari Maathai, environmentalist James Lovelock and philosopher Edgar Morin.

The results of the seminar will feed into the preparations for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on December 7 to 18.

UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development

July 24, 2009

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