International Symposium on Climate Change and the Role of Education
April 12, 2019 - April 13, 2019
We are living in the Anthropocene and climate change is the most pressing contemporary environmental challenge globally. Both adapting to and mitigating the far reaching effects of climate change are crucial if we are going to overcome the challenges it poses. Education is among the most efficient tools we have to effectively deal with the scientific/ technical, economic, cultural and human developmental dimensions of climate change and its politicisation. Education in all its forms plays a crucial role, globally and locally, in engaging and empowering people to act to alleviate the impacts of the climate change. The importance of this role is recognized, at least in spirit if not yet by viable actions, in the 2015 Paris Agreement (via the Paris Committee on Capacity Building), the ongoing UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development Global Action Programme, and in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (especially SDG 13, Climate Action”), as well as in many national and regional climate change and disaster risk management policies and strategies.
Even though education is a key element which can be deployed in fostering climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, there is a paucity of events where a special focus to education is given. In order to fill in this gap, the International Symposium on Climate Change and the Role of Education is being organised by Bishop Grosseteste University (UK), the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the International Climate Change Information Programme.
This symposium is aimed at those working in, or concerned with, education and climate change. It provides an opportunity to showcase projects, approaches and activities that investigate or utilise education as a means to mitigate or adapt to climate change. It aims to provide a platform for critical perspectives on climate change and the role of education. The conference aims to facilitate networking and the development of partnerships, and promote collaborative efforts for those using education as a tool to overcome the challenges of climate change.
All questions related to registrations and accommodation should be sent to:
Bronwen Robson, School Professional Services Officer, Bishop Grosseteste University firstname.lastname@example.org