Climate Change Education
Training and Curriculum
Details of our CCE Workshop can be found in the Climate Change Education update in the resources section.
Innovative teacher training is essential for students to learn the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary to fully participate in climate change education. Workshop sessions and discussions are based on the following topics:
- Linking schools in China to share their experiences of striving to become sustainable (green, low carbon) schools.
- Finding methods of rewarding the poor rural areas for CO2 sequestration and ecosystem repair – for actively participating in mitigation and adaptation through such efforts as reducing deforestation, reforestation, and restoring healthy ecosystems.
- Understanding how low cost, appropriate technologies can be used to ‘green’ cities with affordable housing, improved public transport, renewable energy and other carbon-neutral technologies.
- Discussing how resilience can be built into communities by developing integrated information on climate change adaptation and by improving infrastructure and developing institutional capacity.
- Discussing extent to which China’s search for more ‘scientific’ or sustainable forms of development, based on clean technologies, renewable energy, and closed-loop production, is resulting in greater resilience to climate change.
In a continuation of our 10 years collaboration with China’s Ministry of Education and the People’s Education Press on national curriculum reform, we are working to establish national guidelines for climate change education and a teachers’ handbook to encourage their implementation.
The curriculum seeks to integrate local knowledge and expertise, from communities, enterprises, and governments with the knowledge from the natural and social sciences, and the humanities, to provide an interdisciplinary and holistic approach towards climate change education.
These materials explore ways to mitigate the effects of climate change and to adapt to such change by building greater resilience. They will develop learners’ knowledge, skills and attitudes as global citizens, capable of debating the benefits and costs of current forms of globalisation, governance, and different ways of addressing the risks posed by global warming.
Schools will establish linking projects with local communities to initiate joint learning and action around climate change. School-community linking projects could include: Baoshan community in Shanghai, Napa Lake area in Shangri-la, and Southwest University Community in Chongqing, among others.
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