Climate Change Education Network


Awarded: July 2020

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Elisabeth Barratt Hacking, Lorraine Whitmarsh
University of Bristol:  Paul Howard-Jones (PI)
Cardiff University: Christina Demski, Kat Steentjes
University of Exeter: Justin Dillon

Project overview

This project will establish a transdisciplinary network involving researchers across university disciplines working with teachers to orient and provide active support for research on Climate Change Education.


Project summary

In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2018) warned that we had only 12 years left to limit catastrophic climate change, demanding increased Climate Change Education (CCE) to “accelerate the wide scale behaviour changes consistent with adapting to and limiting global warming.”

In this sense, the work of the network potentially impacts on all of the 3 priority areas identified by the GCRF (Equitable Access to Sustainable Development, Sustainable Economies and Societies, Human Rights, Good Governance and Social Justice). It is important, therefore, that efforts by educators to talk to and teach their pupils about climate change should be informed by, for example, up-to-date and educationally-relevant research on what is appropriate and effective in terms of pedagogy and curriculum regarding mitigation and adaptation. Such research is best co-produced by researchers across disciplines working with teachers across subject areas – and the projects aims to consolidate and support efforts to achieve this.

Community site (GW4 Portal)