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UNESCO IBE launches open-access book on “Curriculum and Learning for Climate Action”



The success or failure of our climate future lies in people’s minds and is in our hands. At the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow, UNESCO called for enhancing global commitment to climate education and reinforced its support to countries to incorporate climate change into their education systems. To avoid a climate disaster, we need rapid, transformative and sustained action and a major shift in our thinking – a shift strong enough to make the climate crisis a center of our social, political, economic, personal, and educational life.

This is also the key message of Curriculum and Learning for Climate Action: Toward an SDG 4.7 Roadmap for Systems Change, a new IBE book that was just published in the IBE on Curriculum, Learning, and Assessment series. The book was co-edited by Radhika Iyengar (Earth Institute,Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University) and Christina T. Kwauk (The Brookings Institution).

Based on contributions from 44 authors (including colleagues from UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development section), Curriculum and Learning for Climate Action is one of the best scorecards in comparative education for keeping track of this drama as it unfolds, shedding light on the global climate crisis like no other education writing today. It turns to our curricula, our education systems, and our communities for a response on how to effectively achieve Target 4.7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Universal Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and Global Citizenship Education (GCED). The message from key stakeholders, including students, educators, and leaders of civil society, is driven home with passion and uncommon clarity: We can and must stave off the worst of climate change by building climate action into the world’s pandemic recovery. 
Download the book: https://brill.com/view/title/60973

Free registration for the book launch hosted by the Center for Sustainable Development of Columbia University, USA (12 November, 19 November, and 3 December 2021): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-launch-series-curriculum-and-learning-for-climate-action-tickets-203408850347

For more information, please contact Simona Popa, Head, IBE Knowledge Creation and Management, at: s.popa@unesco.org