Climate 101 Principles

The Climate 101 Principles have been developed through talking to lecturers and students, and we think that universities should keep these in mind when thinking about how to implement Climate Change Education in their undergraduate courses. These principles were also inspired by the ECOS Climate Change Education manifesto.

1. Relevant

Climate Change education should be relevant to the academic area that students are enrolled in. Students do not need to be told (again) to use a bamboo toothbrush, to cycle to university and to buy a re-usable coffee cup. Students need to learn about how their particular discipline impacts the Climate, and what to do about it.

2. Practical

There are a few examples of modules around the world where students are learning about Climate Change in a reflective way. They might be reading and analysing Climate Change fiction, or learning about the history of the eco-movement, but we think students should learn about how to move forward and apply sustainable practices to their future careers. How should interpreters who often travel across the world on airplanes adapt their jobs to lessen their impact on the world? How should the publishing industry operate in a world without trees?

3. Hopeful

Climate anxiety is a thing. Lots of young people are worried about how Climate Change is going to affect their lives in the near future. Climate Change education should focus on how we can move forward and create a more sustainable future for everyone, and should be focussed on solutions and empower young people to create change.

4. Accreditation

Climate Change education needs to have credits attached. This is important to engage properly with students, and to give them the opportunity to be committed and motivated to learning about Climate Change. An optional lecture once a year is not enough.

5. Radical transparency

We believe in sharing, open collaboration and democracy. Anybody can edit the wiki to add their ideas, change the content, and share their success/failures at implementing Climate Change education.