A new publication, ‘Not Just Hot Air – Putting Climate Change Education into Practice’, presents UNESCO’s recent work in supporting education policy-makers and teacher educators to act on climate change.

It includes national case studies on UNESCO country pilots in the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Mauritius, Tuvalu and South Africa, making accessible results and lessons learned.   It also presents 16 short country profiles on climate change and education for sustainable development policy development from all regions of the world.  There are recommendations on how to enhance education responses to climate change.

UNESCO says that climate change is one of the greatest threats to sustainable development.  The ten hottest years on record have occurred since 1998, sea-levels are rising, and more frequent natural disasters such as cyclones and tropical storms threaten people’s homes and livelihoods.  It adds that climate change education is a powerful tool to help people understand the causes and consequences of climate change, prepare students to live with its impacts, and empower them
to take action on its causes.