COP28 Event Shares Best Practices for Climate Change Education

An event at the Thailand Pavilion discussed initiatives from Malaysia, Mexico and Thailand.

On 8 December 2023, a UNU-IAS event at the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP28) presented climate change education initiatives implemented in Malaysia, Mexico and Thailand. It identified effective strategies and best practices from the perspectives of both educators and students.

Held at the Thailand Pavilion, the event was organized by UNU-IAS and supported by the Government of Thailand. It was moderated by Jerome Silla (Research Associate, UNU-IAS) and the presenters included Kitzia Irina Oribe Aguilar, a first-year master’s degree student of UNU-IAS.

Considering approaches to translate knowledge of climate change into action, participants emphasized the need for a holistic approach to teaching. This requires educating students and teachers in the science of climate change, problem-based learning involving local communities, and providing learning spaces dedicated to the environment.

The discussion underlined that helping young people to recognize their capacity to protect the environment empowers them to be committed to and competent in climate action. Involving youth in decision-making process also helps to develop a sense of responsibility, which encourages active intergenerational dialogue to solve the climate crisis. Another important outcome is the critical thinking and advocacy that are vital to challenge the status quo.

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