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European Green Competence Framework published

The development of a European sustainability competence framework GreenComp  is one of the key education policy actions set out in the European Green Deal. This seeks to act as a catalyst to promote learning on environmental sustainability in the European Union. greencomp image

GreenComp identifies a set of twelve sustainability competences to feed into education programmes to help learners develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that promote ways to think, plan and take action.

The GreenComp competences are organised into four inter-related ‘areas’, applicable to learners all ages, education levels and settings:
– embodying sustainability values,
– embracing complexity in sustainability,
– envisioning sustainable futures, and
– acting for sustainability.

Access here GreenComp in 24 EU official languages

GreenComp is a reference model for sustainability competences. It provides a common basis to learners and guidance to educators and institutions. It can be used by everyone involved in lifelong learning to design learning opportunities aimed at developing sustainability competences.

GreenComp fosters a sustainability mindset by helping users develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to think, plan and act with empathy, responsibility and care for our planet.

Access the article: From sustainability competences (GreenComp) to sustainable behaviour 

GreenComp can be readily applied to the Teaching the Future approach to climate change education.

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European Climate Pact Toolkit Available

Teaching the Future has engaged with the European Commission in its Education for Climate initiative. This brings together teachers, educators, experts and policy makers to share and develop relevant approaches to climate education. More than 800 people are engaged in this community initiative. All are welcome to join.  Find out more about Education for Climate

Education 4 climate imageThe Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) leads the European Commission’s efforts to fight climate change at EU and international level. Its key mission is to formulate and implement EU climate policies and strategies, so that the EU can turn into the first climate-neutral and climate resilient continent by 2050.  Latest news from DG CLIMA

The EC has also established a European Climate Pact. The Pact is designed as a movement of people united around a common cause, each taking steps in their own worlds to build a more sustainable Europe. The Pact is part of the European Green Deal and is helping the EU to meet its goal to become climate-neutral by 2050.

The Pact encourages everyone to find their place, allowing people to get involved whether they are just starting out on your climate action journey or already working to make a difference in their own community. It is possible to take part either as an individual or as an organisation – for example, a city, a community or an association.

The 2024 European Climate Pact event gathered more than 200 members of the Climate Pact community from across Europe to work together on new ways to spark climate action in their local communities.

The Climate Pact has developed to resources to help you convince someone to take action on climate change, as  bold systemic changes are needed, and everyone needs to be involved.

As some people are more reluctant than others, a toolkit has been created to help you explain and communicate climate action to your community.

Six common arguments people use to justify their inaction are presented, along with suggestions on how you can respond to each of them.

Some tips on how to talk about climate change are also provided. Find out more

The Teaching the Future project involves not only relating to the science and the climate data but also encouraging ways to take action in reducing our impact on the planet.  The open access teacher training course allows you explore tools and resources related to climate action.

Module 1 of the teacher training course looks at how to address the Climate Challenge
Module 3 explores how to encourage student engagement in local issues.

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Coding for Climate initiative launched

Teaching the Future aims to use data and technology to help teach/learn about the climate crisis.  This interesting new initiative came to our attention.coding logo

A new activity called Coding for Climate has been launched by Take Action Global (TAG), an NGO with formal association with the United Nations.

Teachers and their students will seek to find a solution for climate change through their preferred ICT-tools: Minecraft, Scratch, Micro:bit, AI, App prototyping, web, etc. The sky is the limit!coding community image

Participants can even join without computers as they are provided with activities which allow them to code without technology (unplugged coding).

This is a free initiative open to all teachers. Find more information here:

So far more than 1200 teachers across more than 45 countries have joined. Feel free to register (free).

When is this initiative starting?

Launch: March 11 2024
End: April 22 2024

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The initiative provides engaging activities for students: using ICT for good.
Teachers will become part of a global community of like-minded educators
Teachers are in charge and they decide how much time students can spend on the project.
The initiative involves problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration on global scale
All participants will receive an individualised diploma.

Coding for Climate will provide lesson plans, guidelines and help
In partnership with Earth Day

Find out more

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Europeans remain very concerned about climate change

According to the European Commission, a Eurobarometer survey shows that more than three quarters (77%) of EU citizens think climate change remains a very serious problem. Climate change is considered the most serious problem facing the world by respondents in seven countries: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, and Sweden. It ranks among the top three in 16 of the 27 Member States.

A majority of Europeans think that the European Union (56%), national governments (56%), business and industry (53%) are responsible for tackling climate change. Whereas only 35% hold themselves personally responsible.survey image

Respondents think that it is important that their national government (86%) and the European Union (85%) take action to improve energy efficiency by 2030, for instance by encouraging people to insulate their home, install solar panels or buy electric cars. They think the use of renewable energy sources (58%) should be accelerated, energy efficiency increased, and the transition to a green economy sped up,

Taking Climate Action

survey data imageThree quarters of respondents (75%) agreed that taking action on climate change will lead to innovation that will make EU companies more competitive. Almost as many (73%) agree that the cost of the damage caused by climate change is much higher than the cost of investing in a green transition.

Seven in ten respondents agreed reducing fossil fuel imports from outside the EU can increase energy security and benefit the EU economically (70%). Almost eight in ten (78%) agree that more public financial support should  be allocated to the transition for clean energies, even if it means subsidies to fossil fuels should be reduced.

More than 9 in ten respondents (93%) have taken at least one specific action to fight climate change, most notably by reducing and recycling waste (70%) and cutting down on consumption of disposable items whenever possible (53%).

Around one in three have taken action by changing their diets, specifically by buying and eating more organic food (28%) and buying and eating less meat (31%).

Find out more about the survey