The climate crisis is an urgent problem requiring urgent solutions. In addition to science and governance, education must be a central part of the solution to our climate crisis. Climate change education, from primary school through adulthood, is an indispensable part of the societal transformation that is necessary to address the climate crisis. It is imperative that we create a generation of climate-literate and empowered young people by training grade-school teachers to bring climate change information into their classrooms. Further, interdisciplinary climate education must also be weaved into the fabric of undergraduate education, to ensure that the world’s future decision-makers are equipped with the knowledge to create solutions to the crisis we have left them. And lastly, education needs to come to today’s generation of adults via trusted community leaders.
Global Compact on Education
The work of education is cultivating the signs of healthy, fourishing, and engaged children. In the Platonic sense, education endeavors to nurture logic (truth), ethics (goodness), and aesthetics (beauty). In the words of the Holy Father Pope Francis, “The mission of schools is to develop a sense of truth, of what is good and beautiful. And this occurs through a rich path made up of many ingredients. …True education enables us to love life and opens us to the fullness of life.” —Address with Italian schoolteachers, parents, educators, pupils and other workers, May 10, 2014