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Climate Education Summit



Open Keynote Plenary: Session 1 - 09:00-10:00 BST

Can our education system better prepare all young people for the challenges of a changing climate? What changes in our approach to climate education are needed for young people to acquire skills and knowledge vital for the 21st century?

Open Keynote Plenary: Session 2 - 13:00-14:00 BST

We are facing a climate crisis. Greater understanding of our changing climate is vital for all young people to be prepared for the challenges ahead and equipped to look after our planet. How do we ensure all aspects of education fully prepare young people to thrive in a changing world?


Climate change is the defining crisis of our generation, and it will be the lived reality for generations to come. Yet, many people still do not understand the issue or feel able to respond to it adequately, including the very young people who will be most affected.

Through their Mock COP Declaration, young people across the globe demand that all school-age children be provided with comprehensive and up-to-date teaching regarding the climate emergency and ecological crisis.

The Climate Assembly UK has said climate education for all should form the cornerstone of any action plan. Nine out of 10 teachers agree climate change education should be compulsory in schools, yet seven out of 10 feel ill-equipped to teach it.

It is clear that young people, teachers, and experts from across a breadth of subjects are calling for change.

The University of Reading is one of the world's leading centres for the study of climate, as well as having a long history in teacher training. Working with the Office for Climate Education, the Royal Meteorological Society, the Met Office and EAUC, we will be running the online Climate Education Summit. It will bring together young people, scientists, teachers and educationalists, policymakers and campaigners to create a new, nationwide action plan for better climate education in schools. Our focus will be on climate education for children aged eight to 18.

Find out more about the Summit at


What do you want to ask the speakers and invited guests about climate education?

Please be aware that we expect to receive lots of questions, so we’ll be collating these into themes for the speakers and invited guests.

Submit your questions.


This is an online event. Admission free. Open to all – from teachers and their students (age 8-18) to the general public.

To book your place register here.

Event information


15 September 2021


09:00-10:00 (Session 1) & 13:00-14:00 (Session 2)


Microsoft Teams Live (Virtual Event)


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