Teachers' Climate Change Forum
University of Helsinki Science Education (a part of national LUMA Centre Finland) and Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) are organizing international Teachers' Climate Change Forum 2022 (TCCF) continuous professional development program for teachers in all levels of education.
International Teachers’ Climate Change Forum and Global Challenges for Youth Forum

We organize TCCF conference annually. The conference deals with climate science, climate education and the connection between these two domains. The forum has been organized since 2017. In 2019, it was arranged in the Hyytiälä Research Station but in the years 2020 and 2021 it was online.

The conference will be held online on August 8th–9th, 2022.

The conference consists of two events, TCCF and Global Challenges for Youth Forum, bringing together teachers and youth. Before the conference we recommend that you orientate to the topic with our online materials (linked below), but this is not mandatory.

Preliminary program

Monday 8th of August, 2022 9.00 -15.00 GMT+2

9:00-9:15 Opening words, director of TCCF, professor, Maija Aksela, LUMA Science Helsinki

9:15-9:30 Practical info, coordinator, project designer, Pinja Tolvanen

9:30-11:00 Keynote lecture and group discussions: “Facts about climate change”, University lecturer, Laura Riuttanen, INAR

Abstract: "While climate change is a complex, systemic phenomenon with many open research questions, the physical basis is easy to understand for everyone, and offers a good general understanding of what is happening. We will also take a look at the latest IPCC reports from 2021 and 2022, and see how the climate sciences focus is shifting from natural sciences towards human and societal issues, and understanding the connections between climate change and sustainable development more generally."

11:00-12:00 Break

12:00-14:00 ClimatEscape - Interactive climate narrative, Doctoral researcherJanina Taurinen, INAR

Description: "A modification of the well-known concept of Escape Room. The interactive ClimateStory walks you through a narrative including bunch of interdisciplinary tasks. In the story future scientists from the year 3201 return to the Earth to figure out what exactly happened to the climate over a thousand years ago. 

The climate story was piloted in Finland in February 2022 by over hundred Finnish upper secondary students and now the climate narrative has been modified for bigger audiences."

14:00-14:15 Break

14:15-15:00 Experiences and ideas of good climate change activities

15:00-15:30 Summary of the day, University lecturer, Taina Ruuskanen, INAR

Tuesday 9th of August, 2022 9.00 -16.30 GMT+2

9:00-9:10 Opening words, director of TCCF, professor, Maija Aksela, LUMA Science Helsinki

9:10-9:15 Practical info, coordinator, project designer, Pinja Tolvanen

9:15-11:00 Keynote lecture and group discussions: “Students' agency and climate change”, Senior researcher, Sakari Tolppanen, University of Eastern Finland

Abstract: "Climate change is a global challenge, which will have a major impact on our environment and our societies. However, though scientists have been calling for action to combat climate change, the global greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase year over year. In this session we’ll explore some of the political, structural and psychological reasons why our societies have not yet managed to break free from greenhouse gas emissions. We will also examine why some individuals are more prone to take pro-environmental action than others, and what we, as individuals, could do on an individual and societal level to help us reach a more sustainable future."

11:00-12:00 Break

12:00-16:00 Multidisciplinary workshops:

12:00-13:00 Geography and Environmental Change: Educational Example of Taita Hills, Kenya. LUMA Taita -project, Pinja Tolvanen

Abstract: "Welcome to the workshop on how remote sensing and systems thinking can be used in geography education on environmental/climate change. In this workshop, we will be using remote sensing data and a web-based GIS software, ArcGIS Online, to calculate changes in land cover in Taita Hills, Kenya. This is then connected to real water scarcity challenges currently occurring in Taita. In conjunction with the technical approach, we stress the need for local everyday knowledge and sensitivity to all life on Earth. We’ll also cover topics ranging from water and carbon cycle to food security and biodiversity, highlighting the complexity of relations in Taita Hills. At the end of our session, we connect the discussions of local environmental change to climate change on a global level. 

For the analysis of land cover changes we will use a web-based application; however, no pre-knowledge in the geographic information system is needed. We will send login information for the application in advance. Everyone is welcome to join!"

13:00-14:00 How to teach about climate based on learners' questions?, Climate? -development project, director of TCCF, professor, Maija Aksela, LUMA Science Helsinki

14:00-15:00 Open Climate Data - How to use the new IPCC Interactive Atlas, Doctoral researcher, Janina Taurinen, INAR

Abstract: "Let us familiarize ourselves with the new visual map showing the changes in climates around the world (IPCC Interactive Atlas). The changes vary according to the different climate change scenarios. In this workshop we will learn how to use the Atlas by completing little tasks. We will also have a possibility to ponder and discuss the interpretation of the various results. IPCC Interactive Atlas is open for everyone and could be utilized in teaching, workshops or wherever one is willing to find out more about the future climate and learn how to look at visualized data"

15:00-16:00 Life-riding with resilience: the art of staying forward-facing in uncertain times, Ágnes Sipos, UiT The arctic university of Norway

Abstract: "Resilience has gained increasing popularity in addressing the rapid and unprecedented worldwide challenges. Although most research understands resilience as a process that changes systems, the general audience still perceives resilience as only an individual trait to overcome adversity with less focus on the operations of recovery, adaptation, and transformation that underpin the resilience of a system. Therefore, finding clarity about resilience, the intertwining systems involved, and complex social problems is neither intuitive nor straightforward to grasp for program designers. There is a great deal of confusion in understanding resilience and how people can apply resilience to different settings.

The presentation will provide a specific case example of how an institution (youth club) engages in resilience-building. The last part of the presentation will invite the conference attendees to participate in short discussions. Finally, it will also provide some eligible resource examples for strengthening resiliency on the individual and institutional levels."

16:00-16:30 Closing words and future, director of TCCF, professor, Maija Aksela, LUMA Science Helsinki & University lecturer, Laura Riuttanen, INAR

TCCF online material

Teachers' Climate Change online material provides teachers at different levels of education the latest research related to climate change, and supports teachers in building their own expertise and self-efficacy to teach climate change.

The main goal for the teachers who have orientated to the online material is to have an advanced ability to handle climate change in a pedagogically meaningful and versatile way from the perspective of different disciplines, but also to consider different beliefs or attitudes.

Another key objective is to build a multidisciplinary network of teachers at different levels of education, where teachers can share their ideas, experiences and skills also in the future. The network can then act as an active forum for teachers, climate educators and climate scientists.

Steering group