NEWS

SUSTAINABLE TOMORROW: IT HAS TO START AT SCHOOL

Education International, the international union representing over 32 million education professionals, is hosting “Teach for the Planet: Global Education Summit” on Wednesday, April 21 from 7:00 to 10:00 am ET as a parallel summit leading up to Earth Day on the 22nd. The event will be streamed on EARTHDAY.ORG or you can also register with Education International to receive future updates and information.

This summit will focus on education’s role in addressing the climate crisis and the urgent need to universally embed climate literacy into every school in the world. It will feature speakers from the realms of education, environment and advocacy including EARTHDAY.ORG president, Kathleen Rogers.

We asked Rebeca Logan, director of campaigns and communication for Education International, what we can expect from this critical event that will span continents, time zones and languages. Rebeca’s responses are recorded below.

EARTHDAY.ORG: What were your motivations for planning the Teach For The Planet: Global Education Summit?

Education International: If humanity is to avoid the worst consequences of global warming and fast forward the green, clean and sustainable economies of tomorrow today, it has to start at school. Teachers, support personnel and students need to be part of any real effort to address climate issues. The summit will launch our campaign for quality climate change education for all. The event marks the beginning of our mobilization toward the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November 2021, when we will call on world leaders to make ambitious commitments to reduce carbon emissions, prioritize social justice and a just transition in their climate change responses and provide climate change education for all.

EDO: What do you hope summit attendees will take away from the event?

EI: Attendees will learn about how quality [lessons about] climate change are taught in diverse settings across the world, discover what teachers are doing to overcome climate denialism and defend their professional autonomy to teach the truth and learn from teacher representatives about their strategies to promote climate change education.

As a whole, the event will be a call to action for attendees to join our campaign and to promote climate change education in their national and local contexts.

EDO: What are your goals for the Summit?

EI: The Summit aims to inspire. Teachers (and students, and everyone!) are exhausted from the impact of COVID-19 but are eager for system change to support a more sustainable future and well aware of the urgency of acting to tackle climate change.

The Summit will mobilize teachers across the education union movement globally behind a shared purpose, providing a sense of hope that together, and with the support of partners, we can achieve universal climate education.

The event will feature prominent activists and union leaders from every continent focused on the crucial role that educators and their unions play in combating climate change.

EDO: Why are teachers critical in combating the climate crisis?

EI: Teachers play a fundamental and irreplaceable role in the fight against climate change. Teachers are change agents in their communities and collectively are a powerful catalyst for the transformation of society.

A recent global survey found that education was the one biggest factor determining whether or not individuals viewed climate change as a global emergency. Through quality teaching, we can turn the tide so that the whole world wakes up to the terrifying crisis we are facing as a result of human-induced global heating.

Today is a special day, as teachers and students are joining forces to ensure that universal climate education for all becomes a reality. Students and teachers, together, are a force to be reckoned with.

This article was originally published by earthday.org.

Recent news

How to celebrate Father’s Day on a budget

Father’s Day is right around the corner. If it’s a day that you celebrate, you… Read more

How to Plan a Sustainable Wedding

Today’s weddings face a growing problem: they have a big impact on the environment. Think… Read more

Haultail® Courier Service vs. Postal Service

Choosing an ideal courier service provider out of so many options can be daunting for… Read more

How can beginners make money online?

Everyone is striving to make to improve the standard of living in day-to-day life. Make… Read more

Plastic Offset: A New Way to Fight Plastic Pollution?

What’s even worse is that only 9% of all the plastic ever produced has been… Read more

Plastic pollution: take-out food is littering the oceans

Plastic from take-out and convenience food is littering rivers and oceans - but straws are… Read more

Sustainable Gifts for Father’s Day

Dads are usually pretty easy to please when it comes to Father’s Day celebrations. But… Read more

The world's tallest single-rail rollercoaster opens in the US

Riders are at the top of a 39-metre drop. They're about to plunge 96km/h. Now's… Read more

Cape Cod lobster diver eaten by whale, spat out

A Cape Cod lobster diver is safe, following a fluke encounter with a humpback whale… Read more

Massive chemical fire in Illinois prompts authorities to order evacuations

Residents have been ordered to evacuate their homes after a massive chemical fire broke out… Read more