Led by the Centre for Global Education, #Decarbonize Global Child Climate Program is a school-based program that connects primary and secondary children in over 70 countries to collaboratively learn, share, and act on climate issues.
#Decarbonize is the world's largest synthesis of child learning, research, policy, art, and action on climate change.
Tens of thousands of students
Hundreds of thousands of hours of collaboration
As the world prepares for COP28, youth from across the planet mobilize around the continued impact of colonization and repercussions on climate change.
Learning that lasts a lifetime. Action that creates a better world.
Produced every year, the #Decarbonize Child Climate Manifesto is a call for action to global climate stakeholders. Co-authored by #Decarbonize children from each of the participating schools, it amplifies the lived experiences and voices of young people impacted by climate change and gives them a platform to ensure that solutions and approaches are shaped by their knowledge and experiences.
The Manifesto offers clear steps forward in the pursuit of climate education and action, and ensure the involvement and empowerment of young people in this process.
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Children in schools in over 70 countries (ages 12-18) spend months engaging in online, collaborative learning exploring the local, regional, national, and global intersections of climate change and mitigation.
Step 1 - nationals
Students look at local & national climate issues, alongside policy and international commitments.
Step 2 - Bilaterals
Countries are paired Global South : Global North. Students meet and explore connections.
Step 3 - Student LeadersHip Summit
Students from around the world come together at UNFCCC COP
Step 4 - Continentals
Countries come together to discuss political and policy implications reflecting & building on bilateral exchanges.
Every school pledges to turn their learning into action, developing a local plan.
Step 5 - action!
Getting Started with #Decarbonize
We hold orientation events throughout the year. Click the link above to join other educators from around the world as they talk about how they integrate this program into their classrooms and school! Many times/dates available.
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Global Student Connections
In #Decarbonize, students learn through collaborative, hands-on activities that are tailored to the specific linguistic, academic, and cultural needs of participating countries.
Students engage in blog posts, discussion boards, podcast recording, video production, art creation, and live, interactive videoconferences. All activities culminate in whole-school action projects.
The #Decarbonize Global Child Climate program builds global citizens through shared storytelling and empathy building. Students are provided opportunities to connect on an ongoing exchange with peers in communities outside of their own.
All #Decarbonize curriculum has been designed by experts in a project-based style. It places students as central protagonists in their learning experience.
Art is a powerful form of communication to help children better understand complex topics such as climate change. Teaching climate change in, with, and through art is an impactful tool for teachers to help children learn about this global issue, help them to see solutions, and express themselves.
We would LOVE to include art from all your countries with our partners at COP28. Please share these lesson plans with your teaching colleagues. All submission instructions are included.
#Decarbonize Student Leadership Summit
Every year, schools around the world send their most engaged 13-19yr olds to attend the #Decarbonize Student Leadership Summit.
The #Decarbonize Summit is a week-long program where youth to learn about, advocate for, and act on climate issues. Students come together from around the world come to build leadership and global citizenship skills to best serve their homes, schools, and communities.
The #Decarbonize Summit runs in parallel to COP (same place, same time). Students attend COP events, turning their training into real advocacy opportunities. Join us in 2023!
COP27, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
COP26, Glasgow, Scotland
COP25, Madrid, Spain
COP24, Katowice, Poland
COP may have officially closed for 2022, but the positive media stories are rolling in!
Our teacher and students were profiled in News around the world. We are thrilled to share all that they accomplished.
CONGRATULATIONS to all our #Decarbonizers!
As a community, we could not have accomplished any of this without your commitment to creating lasting educational & environmental change. Read some of the news highlights.
Press enquiries: If you are a journalist looking for interviews, comments or information, please get in touch with our offices at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Flynn, Director
Rebecca Moon, Online Learning Coordinator
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