In line with Article 12 of the Paris Agreement, in this work package (WP) we will develop novel climate-related educational support, teaching and trainings targeting teachers and the younger public. We will develop educational materials (lessons, multimedia animations, videos…) for primary and secondary schools on climate change with a specific focus on Earth system models. We will also organise a “Climathon” allowing students to design and implement concrete adaptation or mitigation actions and two “Climate Education Summer Universities” (CESU) targeting teachers and teacher trainers. Finally, we will also coordinate with WP14 for the dissemination of the outcomes of the project among the general public and policy makers.
First and foremost, education has the power to keep prejudice, ideology and irrational thinking from permeating the world view of younger generations. Education also prepares them to make informed changes with a view to living low-carbon lifestyles and thereby contribute to a low-carbon world. The objectives of this WP are: 1) To foster a better understanding of the concepts underlying climate models, climate projections and Earth system science through the development of educational materials targeting the younger public (primary and secondary schools), teachers and teacher trainers; 2) To provide teachers and teacher trainers with professional development opportunities in the field of climate change education; and 3) To encourage collaboration between educators and scientists.
Intitutions involved: The Office for Climate Education will be in charge of the coordination of the work package; the production of educational materials; and the organisation of the various events (climathon, summer university sessions). Météo-France will provide scientific expertise for the production of educational materials and teacher training, as well as operational support for the organisation of the 2 CESU sessions in their facilities. The University of Leeds will provide scientific expertise in the production of educational materials and teacher training.
Office for Climate Education - Paris (France)
I am a glaciologist by training, and I specialised my work on Antarctic glaciers. During my research career, I worked with the CNRS and the Australian National University to better understand the effect of climate change on the Antarctic ice sheet. From 2015 to 2017, I was vice-president of the French committee of APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) promoting education and science in polar regions, and led a number of science mediation projects for schools. In 2015 I was elected young researcher representative at the CNFRAA (French National Committee of Research in Arctic and Antarctic).
In 2018, I joined the Office for Climate Education (OCE) as Science Officer, an NGO devoted to supporting teachers and education systems to implement climate change education. My mission is to coordinate the production of educational resources and to participate in teachers’ professional development workshops.
I will participate to the Work Package 15 « Education and Vocational Training », which includes supervising and participating to the production of education materials and organising teachers’ training workshops. I will ensure that educators and scientists work hand in hand so that the outcomes of the ESM2025 project are shared as widely as possible across the educational community.
Gabriel Brunnich Dunand
Office for Climate Education - Paris (France)
Having served as a teacher for 9 years, I have also worked in the United Nations System for over 14 years, during which time I have engaged simultaneously in project management and strategic programme development. From 2015 to 2021 I led the UNESCO International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) and oversaw the implementation of over 20 artistic projects around the world. I also ensured the strategic transformation of the IFPC’s governance structure which involved spearheading a collaborative mechanism composed of a broad diversity of actors. I now work as Project Manager at the OCE.
In the framework of Work Package 15 « Education and Vocational Training », I will facilitate the coordination of the partners involved in order to promote open communication and fruitful collaboration. I will also ensure the necessary follow-up and reporting related to the production of materials and the organisation of workshops, which will also feed into our communication efforts on the outcomes of the ESM2025 project.
Milestones & Delievrables
MS15.1 – Month 10
List and selection of teachers and early career scientist participating to the first Climate Education Summer University (CESU1).
D15.1 – July 2022
First session of the Climate education summer university.
MS15.2 – Month 14
First draft of the Teacher handbook, to be presented to teachers and teacher trainers during the CESU1.
MS15.3 – Month 29
List and selection of relevant primary and/or secondary classes contributing to the “Climathon”.
MS15.4 – Month 31
List and selection of teachers and early career scientist participating to the second Climate Education Summer University (CESU2).
MS15.5 – Month 33
Organisation of a Climathon.
D15.2 – May 2024
Short video clips and multimedia animation (mini-climate model) available on the project website.
D15.3 – July 2024
Second session of the Climate education summer university.
D15.4 – July 2024
Teacher handbook on global change and Earth system modelling.
D15.5 – Nov 2024
Methodological guide for implementing a “climathon” in other schools and countries.
D15.6 – May 2025
Short manual on Earth system modelling for the professional development of high school teachers.
D15.7 – May 2025
Final set of materials of the CESU (teachers’ training programs) made available on the project website.