COP27: UNESCO launches global survey report on youth demands for climate change education & mobilizes stakeholders for the Greening Education Partnership


Youth are also bored of passive learning and “creating posters about climate change”. 60% of young people surveyed noted they learn about climate change largely in the classroom. Many want to go beyond school walls to learn through experiential, project-based activities, including working with local organizations and experts, and less through ‘creating posters and paintings about climate change’. 77% strongly agree that climate change should be taught by people from various backgrounds, to address the complexity of the issue.

Young people also expressed a desire to learn about who bears the historical responsibility for climate change. They are also keen to learn about the latest discussions on climate solutions, ranging from how to respond to natural disasters and help restore nature, to learning about alternative economic systems such as the circular economy, which could help them tackle the climate crisis. To address widespread eco-anxiety, youth suggest that schools should incorporate more diverse pedagogy, art, music, local cultural performances, and storytelling into curricula.