The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) recently released their report on the Emissions Gap 2021, titled The Heat is On. In this report, the UN wants to limit the rise of global temperatures to 2degC and to keep it below 1.5degC. Its implementing agency, Terra des Hommes, aims to raise public awareness of climate change issues and to influence world leaders to adopt climate-friendly policies and strategies.
However, in order to achieve this, young people must be included in the conversation about climate change policymaking and the solutions. It is imperative to ensure that the voice of marginalized groups is heard and given equal importance in policy-making and investment decisions. As a result, media outlets should make sure that these voices are properly represented in the media. Finally, policy makers, researchers, and journalists must make sure that the views and opinions of future generations are considered when formulating policies on climate change.
The SCA’s educational programming emphasized connections between climate change and local ecosystems. Through hands-on activities, children were able to build personal connections and establish the foundation for informed action. In all, six hour-long activities were conducted with children, introducing them to climate change and its social and scientific implications. Afterwards, they were given a personalized plaque from the Town’s administration.
The world’s children face the most significant threat to their health: climate change. We must act now to limit global warming to 1.5 degC. A world without carbon pollution by 2050 is essential for healthy futures. CIFF supports efforts to accelerate solutions to mitigate climate change. The climate-safe future we are promoting offers a better air quality, more secure energy sources, and smarter stewardship of the planet’s resources.
This study highlights the importance of engaging children in climate change education and action. Children’s sense of agency is a key indicator of constructive climate change engagement. This sense of agency is a belief in one’s own ability to affect change. When children are encouraged to apply their knowledge about climate change, they experience a sense of accomplishment and a deeper belief in their own environmental capabilities. Self-efficacy is closely related to sense of agency.
The impacts of climate change on children are severe. Climate change affects their access to clean water, food and education. Extreme weather events lead to food insecurity and deprivation, and even conflict. Children are the most vulnerable to climate change and bear the brunt of its effects. This is why it is so important to address climate change now. Consider the impact on your children and advocate for action now.
Informed children’s participation in climate change advocacy and action projects is important for enhancing the sense of agency that embodies the values of the organization or community. By engaging children in participatory climate change education, you empower them to make decisions that will affect the future of their community. As a result, your students will be more motivated to take positive action in the future. These are just a few of the benefits of engaging children in climate change education.