A new green learning agenda: Approaches to quality education for climate action

A new green learning agenda: Approaches to quality education for climate action

As nations work to "build back better" in the wake of COVID-19, the education sector has an opportunity to help address the inequities highlighted by the pandemic and advance climate action, a report from the Brookings Institution argues. Funded by the Malala Fund, the report, A new green learning agenda: Approaches to quality education for climate action (103 pages, PDF), calls for transforming the inequitable economic and social structures that are at the root of today's socioecological crises. To that end, the report proposes a "green skills framework" for both technical and social transformation that includes "skills for green jobs" such as data analysis and environmental and ecosystems management; "green life skills" such as critical thinking and resilience; and "skills for a green transformation" such as the ability to analyze unequal systems of power and coalition building. The report's authors note that in order for education to play a transformative role in seeding the mindset changes needed to address climate, economic, ethnic/racial, gender, health, social, and other inequities, the sector must work with policy makers and civil society to leverage opportunities for capacity building and awareness, policy coherence and coordination, international collaboration, and financing for local and grassroots efforts at scale.