Education and Outreach

The EMME Climate Change Initiative Task Force on Education and Outreach is pursuing work in the following three interconnected complementary areas:

  1. School (preschool, primary and secondary) and informal education about or imbued with issues relating to climate change.
  2. Higher (including post-graduate, continuing and retraining) education for educators, scientists, engineers and other stakeholders who are engaged in climate-related research, policy and outreach activities.
  3. Overall societal information, understanding and engagement on climate change, its consequences, emphasis on anthropogenic causes and their mitigation.

The activity of the Task Force focuses on the understanding of how actions in education and outreach concerning climate change is currently pursued in the countries of this region.  The degree to which regional concerted activities are pursued are thoroughly reviewed and the potential of such collaboration is examined. Formal and informal activities at all educational levels, including early childhood education, preschool, primary and secondary school education, higher, lifelong learning as well as other educational approaches used for Climate Change Education (CCE) are analysed.

A gap analysis is used as the basis for suggestions for research and policy actions that need to be implemented. The report that is expected to emerge, aims to provide an overview about the role that CCE has at a regional level and propose policy guidelines and recommendations that support and provide the framework to the countries of the region to work based on their national contexts with emphasis on regional cooperation. In addition, this report focuses on understanding the public’s engagement on climate change, its consequences, and their mitigation, aiming to suggest advanced measures for empowering and motivating youth and civil society against it.  Based on this analysis, a set of proposals for national and especially regional actions to address the identified needs will be formulated and be presented to policy makers. 

Although based on the findings of the TF so far and in the face of significant advances being made on various fronts towards addressing climate change challenges significant work still needs to be done to achieve the aforementioned goals.