[last update: 12/12/2022]
On the occasion of the UN 27th Conference of Parties (COP27) on Climate Change, held in November 2022, at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, a series of live and online events relating to education, awareness raising etc. were organised and a wealth of educational material was presented by many stakeholders.
Despite the bittersweet feelings held by many on the progress made within COP27, the role of education in the the fight against climate change was clearly acknowledged in this COP – and reflected in the decision to dedicate a Climate & Education Day at the next COP28. We list below some interesting retrospective articles, as well as some resources that can be used by educators working on Climate Change topics:
- In this article from BBC (UK), the new global climate pact agreed upon at COP27 and other agreements is explained in an easy to follow language. Full article here
- The Ellen MacArthur Foundation looks at the results of COP27, highlighting the importance of integrating it with circular economy approaches. Full article here
- This article by earthday.org looks at current trends in how the media covers climate change topics, and asks how it can do more to motivate the public in a healthy way. Full article here
- A 23 min podcast by the UN News “Lid is On” series, where the host Conor Lennon discusses with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Climate Selwin Hart, a few days after COP27. Access the podcast here
EDUCATION FOCUSED ARTICLES:
An interesting retrospective article from Cambridge University (UK), on Shaping Climate Education – a view from COP27. Full article here
UNESCO-UNFCCC‘s monthly webinar series on climate change education for social transformation, concluded with a webinar on the main achievements of COP27 and the next steps for the education sector. View the recorded video of this last webinar here, or browse the whole series (8 webinars in total) here.
Meanwhile, UNESCO has also compiled the video recordings of all its relevant events organized in Egypt, within the actual COP27. Read more here.
Moreover, during COP27, UNESCO launched the condense report (15 page long) entitled “Youth demands for quality climate change education” with very interesting findings, based on responses from about 17,500 young people across 166 countries. Read the report here.
UN CC:Learn organized another edition of the Climate Classroom, the series of 45-minute lessons which have become the programme’s flagship initiative during previous COPs. Most classes were held online, one was in-person, and one in hybrid format. This year’s edition of the Climate Classroom covered a broad range of topics – from climate change and human rights to e-waste – and more than 28,000 registrations in these classes. Read more here.
Moreover, UN CC:Learn hosts the library of documents produced by UN partners which are relevant for COP 27.
One of the EU Side Events during COP27 gathered the 3 winners of the Education for Climate Coalition’s call for innovative green education projects. Thesession was co-hosted by the European Climate Pact and the Education for Climate community – two European participatory initiatives joining forces to co-create tangible education solutions for the green transition. View the 1 hr recording.