COP16 International Victory for Climate Education and Training

Cancun Summit's 'Article 6' Agreement Key to Preparing Youth for Challenges of Global Warming

12-10-2010 // Amanda Cooke

Thanks in large part to the role of youth leadership, summit leaders at the United Nations (U.N.) Climate Change Conference have formally recognized the importance of climate change education. 

Parties at today’s final plenary session of the Cancun, Mexico summit ratified Article 6 of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.  This agreement provides a roadmap for countries to bolster climate change education and training through increased funding, and provides means to engage people more directly in climate action and decision-making.

“Youth education is vital to prepare future generations to address the many challenges of the climate crisis. Climate change education and training at all levels will help the United States maximize the effectiveness of its future scientific, technological and business workforces in the emerging clean energy economy,” said Kevin Coyle, NWF’s Vice President for Education and Training.

“Today’s international agreement to bolster climate change education acts as a youth-oriented linchpin during this round of climate negotiations. In the United States, a strong commitment to this type of education will help lower carbon pollution through a deeper understanding of climate science, climate change solutions and personal responsibility,” Coyle said.

About National Wildlife Federation's Education and Training Programs

NWF is committed to climate education through its many educational programs including Eco-Schools USA, part of an international network of 38,000 schools and 10.5 million students in 51 nations.

Our Campus Ecology team, along with partner Jobs for the Future, hosts the green jobs program called the Greenforce Initiative.  This two-year initiative will spur education, innovation and training at community colleges in the United States, with the goal of getting Americans back to work in the emerging clean energy economy.

Along with the North American Association for Environmental Education, NWF produced guidelines to help educators use reasonable standards and pedagogy to help fill this educational gap. Click here to access these guidelines for global climate change education.

Every nation must increase its commitment to climate change education on a systemic basis. This urgent need is particularly true in the United States, where the per-capita carbon footprint is the largest in the world.

To learn more, read the press release announcing today’s international victory for climate education, training and public awareness.