As an African human right activist Desmond Tutu said,
“Twenty-five years ago, people could be excused for not knowing so much or doing much about climate change. Today, we have no excuse. No more can it be dismissed as science fiction: we are already feeling the effects.”
Climate change has added various new words and terms into known vocabulary and books. Times like sea-level rise, Greenhouse gases are not much old. The discoveries and findings of science have introduced these words to humanity. Climate education is not a centuries-old term that has been around long in human linguistics.
Education is an essential and useful tool to combat climate change. It helps people understand how environmental changes impact their lives and whole humanity. The United Nations is doing a great job in this regard. Different agencies are promoting climate change education and public awareness.
Why does climate education matter?
Climate education’s primary goal is to prepare the millennials and Gen Zs for a sustainable future. People are essential resources. The idea behind climate education is to change the behavior of the people. Making climate education a part of the syllabus is a good option. Climate education will improve the ability to calculate the risks and prepare humans to thrive during a crisis. The promotion of climate education will help raise a generation that is already
environmentally friendly. Education will help to increase the resilience of vulnerable communities. It will also allow citizens and other institutions to develop mitigation and adaptation techniques. Climate education will encourage them to adopt a lifestyle that respects human rights, natural resources, and biodiversity.
When you know better, you do better;
Michael T. Thomas