Climate Change Education

The Shangri-La Institute attends the International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for the Sustainable Development Goals: Policy and Practice

In 2016, Wande Gomba, a representative from SISC and the Greater Shangri-La RCE, submitted a paper on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for The 2016 International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for the Sustainable Development Goals: Policy and Practice. For more information see here.

This conference, the fifth of its name, held the Sirindhorn International Environmental Park Cha-am, Phetchaburi, Thailand, saw speakers on various aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals. The event was also an opportunity to celebrate the birthday of the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

Wande Gomba submitted a paper for this Conference using the case of Bazhu Village on the Tibetan Plateau as a case study. ESD programs in the area have seen communities inspired and engaged to effect environmental changes, and empower themselves to enact sustainable development in the village.

Conferences like this one continue to validate The Shangri-La Institute’s message and allow for cooperation, dissemination of information and a greater understanding of how ESD can be used to empower communities.

Climate Change Education for China: Chongqing

In this past year altogether some 890 students and 46 teachers took part in a range of activities.

Southwest University volunteers took children and their parents on a tour of Jinyun Mountain Nature Reserve, to participate in a plant identification training. It served as an opportunity for the nature reserve staff to build stronger links with the local community, as well as for the families to have better, direct experience of the nature.

Beyond this, the Haitangxi Primary School worked with students to raise awareness of environmental and climate change issues, to strengthen community links  and promote their connection to nature. Activities included planting of trees, fruits and vegetables in the school campus, leading battery recycling and proper waste disposal drives, displaying environmental-knowledge posters in communities and holding knowledge competitions, and promoting water conservation and traffic safety.

Photos from Haitangxi Primary School activities:

Climate Change Education: Poster Competition

The Middle School Affiliated to Southwest Normal University in Chongqing organized poster design contest as part of the Climate Change Education for China project. This activity aims to encourage students to use their creativity and knowledge about climate change or other related themes such as water, energy, biodiversity, food and transportation. Below are some of the entries submitted by students:

Global warming, glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic are melting and seawaters are engulfing the land. This poster shows a curved horizon imitating the shape of the earth and gives the visual effect of the sea immersing a beach.

The three umbrellas on top of each other is to demonstrate the severity of radiation. Yellow is a colour of warning; if mankind continue to recklessly destroy our environment then it will not be long before these types of umbrellas will be necessary to avoid radiation.

As the ozone layer decreases, the UV rays that reach the earth’s surface become stronger which could eventually prevent humans from entering direct sunlight at all.

Urbanisation has led to a serious overuse of the earth's water resources; this desertification could put an end to human civilization. This poster shows how desertification has made humans realise we need to make better use of the earth's resources.

This poster aims to record the impact of melting glaciers and rising sea levels. The rabbit is dizzy from the effects of industrial pollution and is perched on the last section of an oasis as it bids farewell to its friends.

This poster depicts the green branches of a tree twisted around the earth as it is suspended carelessly from our hands. Everyday global warming is increasing and we can only blame ourselves as humanity is gradually throwing our homeland into the fire. In an instant, these green vines will become dry sticks and leaves. However, as long as we still have one breath left, as long as there is a trace of life on the earth, we can do something to save our earth from this untold misery.