Education: Key to Long-Term Climate Action Success

September 12, 2018 | Exploratorium, San Francisco

Inspired by the wonderful speakers and ideas generated at the event, members of the event steering committee have made the below commitment. We invite you to join us in this commitment. Please let us know if you would like to add your organization’s name to the following statement:

The following GCAS affiliate event Education: Key to Long-Term Climate Action Success steering committee members and participants, and associated organizations, will work toward fostering climate literate advocates around the world through expanding environmental and climate education, workforce development opportunities, and community engagement. We commit to growing cross-sector partnerships and elevating education as both a strong partner and tool for climate action, sustainability, and environmental justice at the local and global levels.

The following are high-level goals generated from our event:

  • Continue to share and grow the resources on climate education here
  • Create equitable access to quality climate education for all communities, including indigenous communities, faith-based communities, and prisoners
  • Develop a diverse set of climate curriculum that can be used by people in all sectors and fields
  • Combine local engagement with global understanding
  • Grow cross-sector partnerships to increase climate resilience and adaptation through education and workforce development and establish direct access to internships and job opportunities
  • Create a bureau of youth leaders to speak with other youth and engage them in climate action
  • Use communities, college campuses, and school grounds as living labs to educate and empower people of all backgrounds and ages

This event is an official Global Climate Action Summit affiliate event that will focus on elevating the importance of education as a systemic, strategic tool to advance climate action and identify how sectors across the climate movement can work together to support policies, initiatives, and actions that advance this goal and broader climate action. The day will feature inspiring youth and adult speakers highlighting the power of education and advocacy, and feature an engaging youth performance. It will also include panels, followed by rich discussion and brainstorming sessions with audience members focused on action-oriented goals.

Our Call to Action: We are asking leaders from across sectors to elevate their commitment to climate education, community engagement, and workforce development to drive ambitious, collaborative climate action.