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UNESCO Organizes Seminar on Climate Change and Education

© UNESCO31 July 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized a seminar on climate change and education at its headquarters in Paris, France, from 27-29 July 2009.

The event brought together 60 experts in climate change, education for sustainable development and curriculum development, in particular from small islands developing States (SIDS), and provided an opportunity to exchange experiences, good practices, knowledge, tools and resources for climate change education.

The Seminar also highlighted the lack of, and need for, materials to address the ethics of climate change, and social dimensions of climate change mitigation and adaptation. The need for quality control and standard setting in climate change education was also emphasized.

In addition, general consensus emerged among participants that an integration of climate change across the curricula is not enough and probably not the best way forward. Participants stressed the need to: prepare students for the future and not just teach them about climate change; review the whole education system; teach young people how to be critical-thinkers, lifelong learners, manage uncertainties and change, and be adaptable.[Seminar website]