Education is integral in the fight against climate change. Knowledge of climate change plays a vital role in helping young learners understand various environmental issues. For instance, knowledge of global warming and its impact on human life creates awareness among learners and encourages them to change their behaviours.
Without a doubt, an investment in education stands to pay the best dividends. In light of this fact, UNESCO advocates for education, primarily focusing on the younger generations.
Why Environmental Literacy
Multiple initiatives aimed at initiating climate action have been launched in the past. Key among them is the United Nation’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) promoted since 2013. Climate action is the 13th SDG and relies heavily on environmental literacy.
Environmental literacy focuses on educating citizens, especially children, on the causes and consequences of climate change. Commitment to advancing climate action is in developing an effective culture for caring for the environment.
Using Education to Develop a Culture for caring for the environment
There has been a significant change of approach in environmental education. For instance, you can find young kids familiar with concepts considered a reserve of the scientists. Besides familiarisation with vocabularies, education also plays a vital role in developing a culture for caring for the environment.
Studies on the effects of education on young adults show that individuals exposed to environmental education show marked improvement in ecological behaviour. However, there is also a need to embrace collaborative efforts between all stakeholders, especially those in authority.