Thanks to generous funding from the Spencer Foundation, we will convene a digital climate change education conference from January 6-8, 2021. The conference will bring together groups of experts to advance research, policy, and practice around broad themes in climate change education.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

3–5 p.m. EST

Kick-off and Welcome

The opening session will introduce conference goals and objectives. You’ll meet the conference organizers, connect with colleagues and peers, and hear from Dr. Christina Kwauk, Associate Director of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Education (MECCE) Project and Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Universal Education. She will speak about roadblocks and opportunities for integrating education as a foundational aspect of broader climate change adaptation strategies.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

1–2:30 p.m. EST

Session 1: The Current Landscape of Climate Change Educational Research

Session Goals:

  • Create a shared understanding of the CCE landscape.
  • Work collaboratively to begin organizing and creating a typology of existing work.

3–4:30 p.m. EST

Session 2: What Do Practitioners and Policy Makers Need from Research?

Session Goals:

  • Explore the various applications of research in climate change education.
  • Uncover opportunities to better connect research to climate change education efforts.

Friday, January 8, 2021

1–2:30 p.m. EST

Session 3: How Can We Better Connect Research to Policy and Practice?

Session Goals:

  • Perform a “pre-mortem” to imagine ourselves 10 years hence and see that our efforts to improve climate education research and the application of that research to policy and practice have failed to significantly improve human thriving.
  • Identify the factors that made our efforts fail, and what actions should been taken to prevent those failures.

3–4:30 p.m. EST

Session 4: What Are Avenues for Future Climate Change Education Research?

Session Goals:

  • Review and synthesize conference proceedings.
  • Articulate tangible paths forward for climate change education research, policy, & practice.
  • Develop working groups around common projects.

Spring Date: TBD

Session 5: Building the Climate Change Education Collective

 Session Goals:

  • Revisit working groups and projects to determine next steps as we continue to build our community.