How Governments Can Empower Climate Action Through Education

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How Governments Can Empower Climate

Action Through Education


09 DECEMBER 2019 at 15:00


eduCCate Global - a Scalable Program for Local and Central Government

Madrid, Spain: Greta Thunberg dramatically changed the discourse on climate change when she burst onto the scene two years ago. The shift from talk to action caught everyone by surprise, and none more than local and national governments around the world.  But declaring a climate emergency has proved to be not enough to silence the demand for action.

eduCCate Global, in partnership with UNITAR, has launched a programme to revolutionise climate literacy where it can be most effective - in the classroom. The goal of the collaboration is to put a UN certified teacher in every classroom, not just as a teaching aid but also to spur action throughout the local community.

By focusing on educating children about the issues in the classroom, local and central government are empowering the citizens of tomorrow to take control of their future.  In the same way government has a duty to teach children to read and write, they also need to ensure they are climate literate before it’s too late.

“We have a duty as a responsible local authority to ensure that we serve our citizens to the best of our ability,” says Jamie Driscoll from the Tyne authority in the North of England, “Having declared a climate emergency earlier this year, we now need to show that we’re not just talking, but taking real action. Giving our youngsters the climate literate education they need is a solid start.”

To achieve this, eduCCate Global has created a program that is fundamentally scalable and replicable across nations worldwide. The program starts with up-skilling the teachers to become Climate literate through the UN certification. Subsequent phases of the program then focus on delivering measurable action through a range of initiatives and vocational curricula.

In April 2019, eduCCate Global set out to show the true scalability of this approach. Within four months of launch, 10% of British schools, accounting for more than 2 million pupils, had access to an eduCCate Global UN-accredited climate change teacher, or one in training.

Fundamentally the program revolves around three core elements:

  1. Up-skill teachers to become climate literate using the combined knowledge and resources of the United Nations CC:Learn Partnership.
  2. Support teachers in delivering valuable climate change lessons using the shared resources of the eduCCate Global online platform. This database contains more than 2,000 free educational resources.
  3. Deliver measurable Initiatives in schools that encourage a sustainable mindset, and equip young citizens for an increasingly uncertain future.

    eduCCate Global is now active in over 40 countries, with over 55,000 accredited teachers and 230,000 more working through the system. The organisation is continuing to achieve explosive growth and is looking to expand into even more countries and generate more action wherever there’s climate concern.

    Official Keynote Event

    Delegates and Attendees of then COP25 event are cordially invited to join eduCCate Global for our Keynote Event, “How Governments Can Empower Climate Action Through Education” on 9 December 2019 at 15:30 in Room #CHILOE.

    About eduCCate Global

    eduCCate Global is a joint partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to develop and deliver a Climate Change Education Program and UN Accredited Climate Change Teacher to every school worldwide. eduCCate Global launched in April 2018 and is now active in over 11,000 schools worldwide, and more than 11,000 teachers currently in training globally.


    Please contact Tim Collins of eduCCate Global at for comment, enquires or to arrange an interview about this press release.

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