USask-led partnership awarded $2.5M to advance global climate education

Working with international partners, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has been awarded a $2.5-million Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to increase climate change education, training and public awareness on a global scale.

The six-year Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Communication and Education (MECCE) partnership, led by USask College of Education professor Dr. Marcia McKenzie (PhD), is comprised of more than 80 prominent scholars and agencies in climate change and education. This includes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and Environment and Climate Change Canada. Universities in the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and Germany are key partners. 

“Education plays a critical role in fostering the kinds of changes in lifestyles, attitudes and behaviours needed to create a sustainable world,” said USask Vice-President of Research Karen Chad. 

“Through this major federal investment and working with our many partners around the world, we will help improve climate change education policies and practices, train students and policy makers, and develop a standard set of quality education indicators for monitoring progress toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.” 

The project will get underway with 30 case studies over six continents to gain geographic and culturally diverse understandings of how climate change education and communication can help drive action on climate change across sectors. 

Click here to read more about this exciting new initiative on the University of Saskatchewan’s Research News.