Looking Back and Forward to the Next Decade of Accelerating Climate Action Through Climate Literacy in the United States – ft. Frank Niepold

Valeria NAPOLI
Valeria NAPOLI • 4 July 2024
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Frank Niepold is the Senior Climate Education and Workforce Program Manager and Coordinator of the US scientific and regulatory agency “ National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration” known as the NOAA.  

He is also co-chair of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's Climate Engagement and Capacity Building Interagency Group and is the U.S. National Communications Report chapter lead on Education, Engagement, Training, and Workforce Development for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Clearly, Frank has a wealth of experience in science and climate education, which he helped introduce to NOAA. He has an overview of what is happening in the United States and wants to share what he knows in order to increase collaboration at international level and in particular with EU countries, because he knows that the solutions to the problems we face also lie in this international collaboration around climate education.  

Frank reminds us that Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) stands that all parties should promote the “development and implementation of educational and public awareness programmes on climate change and its effects”. But until now, we've never lived up to the full potential of this article agreed 32 years ago.

This is why we need to do more, and share more between all persons and institutions involved in climate education, in particular between the US and the EU.  


02:15 What is your journey into ESD?

09:40 Can you focus on the specific activities/projects you lead on climate education?

18:55 What are the challenges you encountered in implementing your projects and the way to overcome them?


More information:

  • The CLEAN Collection of Climate and Energy Science resources- high-quality, digital resources---including learning activities, visualizations, videos, and short demonstrations/experiments---geared toward educators of students in secondary through undergraduate levels.
  • Guidance in Teaching Climate and Energy Science pages designed to help educators understand and be equipped to teach the big ideas in climate and energy science.
  • The CLEAN Network is a community of professionals committed to improving climate and energy literacy. A professionally diverse community of over 800 members committed to improving climate and energy literacy locally, regionally, nationally, and globally, to enable responsible decisions and actions.  
  • The STEM Teaching Tools Climate Learning Resources  site has tools that can help educators teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). To support them to build capacity for this work, a suite of resources has been created that focuses on different aspects of this work. Climate science learning has to happen across PK-12 classrooms, in informal education and outdoor contexts, and in community-based learning settings.
  • Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science is an interagency guide that provides a framework and essential principles for formal and informal education about climate change.
  • The Climate Engagement and Capacity Building Interagency Group (CEC) at the U.S. Global Change Research Program coordinates federal agency climate and global change efforts focused on community engagement, education, public awareness, workforce development, and training. The CEC works to make resources for climate action more accessible and useful to the Federal Government, sub-national governments, organizations, and the public.
  • United States of America. National Communication (NC) to the UNFCCC. NC 8. 2022, Chapter 9 Climate Education, Engagement, Workforce Development, And Training
  • The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program works to convene, engage, connect and empower young people around the world to take action on climate change. It does this through conference-style Youth Climate Summits that focus on the knowledge and skills needed to become effective climate leaders.  

Are you interested to watch previous episodes? Check the Education for Climate TALKs

Comments (1)


I really would love to send my sincere thanks to Tremeur DENIGOT for the great work of trying to build a great bridge between the leading characters and the community via Education for Climate Talks🙏🏻👌💯💐a nd also ‘Thank you very much kindly Frank Niepold for your contributions’💐 UNFCC has a great role and also impact in helping us to build the best links between our communities for the future and the most important and powerful word as I have learned from the recent event in ‘ ELNE Annual Conference in Brussels ’ has been the word ‘COLLABORATION’👍

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