This Topic Guide sets out the existing knowledge around the links
between education, climate and environment. In particular, it highlights
the two-way relationship between these key areas, including:
- The risks and opportunities posed by environmental and climatic
factors on educational supply and demand at all levels (primary,
secondary, tertiary) and modes (formal and informal).
- The role education and educational infrastructure can play in building
the resilience of communities (particularly poor and vulnerable
population groups) to climate and environmental change, and the
potential opportunities provided by low carbon technology and
environmentally-sensitive construction and design in that process.
The Topic Guide has six sections. Section 1 highlights the links between
DFID’s Resilience Framework and education responses to climate and
environmental change. Section 2 provides an overview of existing
research on the impacts of climate and environmental change on
education, in terms of both infrastructure (e.g. loss of or damage to
school buildings or transportation networks) as well as learning and
access (e.g. disruptions due to extreme weather events). Section 3
explores the existing research on the potential role of education in
fostering sustainable development in the face of environmental and
climate change. The Topic Guide then outlines the key areas which an
educational response to climate and environmental change should take
into account (Section 4) and how these can be integrated into short,
medium and long-term education responses (Section 5). It concludes with
a discussion of the key challenges and opportunities for education
responses to climate and environmental change (Section 6).
Case studies have been integrated throughout the text to show how key
ideas and approaches are already being put into practice in education
systems around the world. A range of resources for further information
are also provided at the end of the text.
This Topic Guide has been produced by Evidence on Demand with the
assistance of the UK Department for International Development (DFID)
contracted through the Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and
Livelihoods Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL
PEAKS) programme, jointly managed by DAI (which incorporates HTSPE
Limited) and IMC Worldwide Limited.
Blum, N. Topic Guide: Education, climate and environment. Evidence on Demand, UK (2015) ix + 45 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_tg.march.blumn]