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Pre-COP26: What is the EU doing to foster European education capabilities for the transition towards a climate-neutral society?

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Climate change, biodiversity depletion and natural resources scarcity require urgent action -  #All4ClimateItaly2021.  

What is your education for climate challenge?

Education plays a key role in responding and adapting to this incoming systemic change by developing and bridging the knowledge, skills, behaviours and values that will enable young Europeans to become engaged and responsible professionals and citizens.   

How can the EU help the EU Member States foster European education capabilities to support the transition towards a climate-neutral society?

This is the key question this side-event will tackle during a one hour online event on the occasion of the pre-COP26 on Youth4Climate in Milan: @Connect4Climate. 

The European Commission will present the three main actions carried out in 2021 to strengthen European education capabilities on Education for Environmental Sustainability (EES): a Council recommendation on education for environmental sustainability, a European sustainability competence framework, and a new community of practice called Education for Climate Coalition that will mobilise education and training actors, but also pupils and students, to share and co-create innovative education solutions focusing on five priorities: green skills development, teacher training, promoting behaviour change, linking education and science and collective awareness raising. 



Wednesday, 29th of September, 15:00 to 16:00 CET. 

The event will be web streamed. 

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  1. 15:00

    Stefan Zotti (DG EAC) 

  2. 15:05
    Setting the scene: Presentations of the 3 EU initiatives on education for environmental sustainability  

    1. Council Recommendation on education for environmental sustainability - Deirdre Hodson (DG EAC) 

    2. European sustainability competence framework  - Guia Bianchi (DG JRC) 

    3. Education for Climate Coalition - Susanne Szkola (DG JRC) 

  3. 15:25
    Launch of the open flash survey “Your education for climate challenge” 

    Susanne Szkola (DG JRC) 

  4. 15:30
    Panel discussion on education for climate priorities and challenges

    David Wilgenbus, Office for Climate education 

    Loïc Marcé, Climate Fresk  

    Matthew Pye, secondary school teacher (Belgium) 

    Ana Sever Bozic, primary school teacher (Slovenia)  

    Maximilian Eisenbart, student, Spark the movement (Netherlands)  

    Amelie Schobesberger, secondary school pupil (Belgium)  

  5. 15:55
  6. 16:00
    End of the event