Multidisciplinary Climate Education
Climate change is an interdisciplinary issue and solving it requires multidisciplinary cooperation and various skills and knowhow. All school subjects have something to offer in terms of mitigation and adaptation. In the fight to save the planet, we need different branches of science assisting today’s as well as tomorrow’s adults and youth. Learning active citizenship involves doing and exploring, and climate change education provides an excellent platform for this.
Teacher’s climate guide is an education package about climate change in the context of each school subject, but it also provides a good starting point for diverse environmental education between different subjects. The following chapter introduces one possible climate education tool. Hopefully it inspires new ideas to generate!
Climate Citizen’s Passport
The climate citizen’s passport is an educational tool for a multidisciplinary study module at the secondary level. The module can be aimed at either seventh, eighth or ninth graders according to the needs of the curriculum. Schools are free to adapt the idea and customize it to fit their own use.
Pupils study climate change covering a wide range of subjects and earn passport stamps for their achievements. The aim is to provide an opportunity to discuss the topic, learn diverse skills required in tackling the problem and receive mentoring from different teachers. Schools can build the module according to its needs and resources. A 20-hour module can be divided between four subjects, 5 hours per subject.
The same format can be used for planning a climate day or climate week.
Here are some suggestions for stamp contents and classes linked to them:
- EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
Mother tongue / visual arts
– Tools for communicating climate change.
- CLIMATE SOLUTIONS FOR DAILY LIFE
Home economics / geography / physical exercise
– How to make a difference in daily life and through consumer choices?
- CREATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE
Visual arts / music / textiles / mother tongue, writing, drama
– Innovative communication, technological solutions etc.
- NATURAL SCIENCES
– Climate change basics and practical implementations of solutions.
- SOCIAL SCIENCES
Social studies / history
– How did we end up in this situation? Active citizens tackling climate change.
- CLIMATE JUSTICE
Religious and moral education / ethics / philosophy
– Ethical and moral dimensions of climate change.
- FOREIGN LANGUAGE
A selected language
– Tackling climate change through intercultural communication.
- CLIMATE AND HEALTH
Health education / home economics / physical exercise
– Better health through climate-friendly choices.
- CLIMATE CHANGE AND TECHNOLOGY
Technical work / physics / chemistry
– Bike generators, self-made solar panels and other “Gyro Gearloose” style of inventions.
- GLOBAL CITIZENS
Geography / mother tongue / religious and moral education
– People around the world on climate change.
- OUR CLIMATE PROJECT
– Students create a climate project.
- CLIMATE CHANGE AND WORKING LIFE
Guidance counselling and other subjects
– Interview professionals in different fields about climate change.