Teachers' Climate Change Forum

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How to make better world together through education? How to teach climate change? We welcome you to participate in our international Teachers' Climate Change Forum!

The Science Education Centre (a part of national LUMA Centre Finland) and Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) from University of Helsinki are organizing the international and participative Teachers' Climate Change Forum 2020 - a continuous professional development program for teachers on all levels of education from around the world.

Climate change is one of the biggest global challenges of our time. Teachers have a key role in educating children and youth – future makers – in their knowledge, skills and attitude. Every teacher has influence for over a hundred years; first during their career and then through their students.

Diverse teaching of climate issues is essential. Solving climate change requires both the courage to face problems and the knowledge and know-how involved in solving the problem. Climate change should be seen as a complex phenomenon in teaching, which requires a deep understanding with diverse perspectives.

Teachers from all levels of education and of different subjects are welcomed to join the TCCF community. Also teacher students (i.e. students studying to become teachers) are welcome.

Click here to read about TCCF 2019 Summer Camp experiences and atmosphere.

In 2020, TCCF Summer Camp is not organised due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The MOOC course is available now.

Instead of the Summer Camp, we are organising TCCF Climate Education Online Conference on August 3rd-4th, 2020. The conference will deal with climate science and climate education, and it is free and open for all.

The first part of the continuous professional development program is the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The course adds to the knowledge of teachers at different levels of education about 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 is for the teachers who have attended the course 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 after the course. The network can then act as an active forum for teachers, climate educators and climate scientists.

The course is now open - click here and register for free!

The Teachers' Climate Change Forum (TCCF) 2020 Online Conference Teachers will take place on August 3rd-4th. More information is availabe at the conference website.

The conference deals with climate science, climate education and the connection between these two domains. The conference will be free and open to everyone.

Prof. Maija Aksela, University of Helsinki, LUMA Centre Finland (Director)
PhD. Jaana Herranen, University of Helsinki, LUMA Centre Finland
PhD. Maaria Linko, University of Helsinki, Science Education Centre (Vice Director)
PhD. Mikko Äijälä, University of Helsinki, INAR (Vice Director)
PhD. Laura Riuttanen, University of Helsinki, INAR
MSc. Tapio Rasa, University of Helsinki, Science Education Centre (Coordinator)
BSc. Elisa Hanhirova, University of Helsinki, Science Education Centre

Gen­eral En­quir­ies
Please send all general enquiries about the program to our service address tiedekasvatus@helsinki.fi.