Introduction to Teaching Sustainability and Climate Action

Introduction to Teaching Sustainability and Climate Action

Discover the role that learning for sustainability and climate action has to play in tackling the climate crisis.

Explore new teaching and learning approaches to climate change education
On this four-week course from the University of Glasgow, you’ll delve into the role of education in addressing the current climate crisis.

You’ll be introduced to the concept of ecopedagogy, and examine how this approach can transform Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

Using innovative strategies, you’ll discover how to develop a curriculum that encourages socially responsible learners who actively engage with climate action.

Examine the need for climate action
Beginning with a look at the social context of climate change, you’ll develop your understanding of the climate crisis and the need for systemic and individual change to climate responses.

You’ll learn the causes and consequences of climate change and understand the call for new educational approaches to climate action.

Explore the role of education in addressing the climate emergency
Mainstream educational models have often left little space for addressing environmental issues within the curriculum.

Using ecopedagogy as your overarching approach, you’ll explore how to raise ecological awareness and help propel a cultural shift that addresses the climate crisis in and beyond your classroom.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to help your learners become ecologically literate, active agents in the fight against climate change.

Develop course materials that address the climate emergency
Reflecting on real-world examples of ecopedagogy, you’ll discover the additional benefits of eco-capabilities development on student mental health and well-being.

You’ll finish this course with an awareness of ecopedagogy and developed strategies to use its principles in practice to engage your students and drive social responsibility for sustainability and climate action.

Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

Explore Climate Change: causes, consequences and the social context
Discuss the need for action (IPCC latest report; youth calls for action – moral imperatives)
Assess education as an effective route for action
Debate the spatial contexts of Climate Change Education: institutional changes; shaping cultural shifts; population-scale influence
Explore moving beyond traditional Education for Sustainable Development modes towards more ecologically conscious learning modes (ecopedagogy)

Who is the course for?
This course is designed for teachers at all levels from early years to upper secondary who wish to learn how to embed climate literacy and education into their curriculum.

It will also benefit activists, environmental education professionals, NGO managers, school governors, and home-schooling parents who wish to engage with ecopedagogy principles.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Ria Dunkley