Climate change has become the central point of focus for pragmatic discussions due to the poor treatment of our environment. Now, the question is “why can’t we tackle climate change?”.

lack of education
First and foremost, lack of education has led to our inability to solve issues of climate change. Education informs and transforms the minds of individuals in the right perspective. It breaks the barrier of ignorance and pave way for clarity and the right knowledge to be known. I boldly attest to the fact that there hasn’t been enough education on climate change. Creating awareness has been minimal. What can be done to tackle climate change starts with education through these mediums; school, media, entertainment.

schools approach
In solving issues of climate change, subjects or courses that relates to the study of climate must be made part of the core subjects in every school from elementary to tertiary institutions.

elementary -junior high schools
Students need to be taught about the environment and how to keep it clean and green. They must understand the dangers associated with carelessly handling the environment and the need to desist from any acts that could affect the environment. This knowledge will help the students to convey such messages to their parents, siblings and neighbors and caution them to treat the environment well. Practical examples need to be set up in the school. Any student who liters the compound whiles dustbins are around must be punished; either sweep the school for a week, be made to plant trees to mention but few. With this kind of training, we set the pace for a healthy environment and healthy practices.

senior high-tertiary schools
Basic studies of Climatology must be considered and added to the core subjects of the students. In this way, the knowledge acquired would help that student to disseminate the right information during peer-peer discussions or helping parents adopt the right way of handling things related to the environment especially parents who work at the sea, farm etc to use the right methods and to desist from using chemicals and other harmful substances that has an adverse effect on our climate.

media approach
The media has a vital role in providing knowledge and disseminating information to the public on climate change.

television/radio presenters
There should be much talk shows on the television and radio educating the public on the rightful and best ways in dealing with the environment, preserving our forest, refraining from using chemicals in the sea for catching fishes, planting for trees to mention but few. This form of daily education will bring enlightenment to the public and prick their conscience anytime they go astray.

journalists/bloggers
Experts on climate change must be interviewed by journalists and bloggers to delve deeper and gain the right knowledge and information to disseminate to the public. These interviews must bring out pragmatic ways to daily treat the environment and other water bodies well and what punishment when instituted to punish violators can go a long way to help solve issues of climate change.

entertainment industry
Entertainment plays a significant role in lives of people as it has the propelling power to relax, educate, inform and create sense of humor to the audience. Using their talents , both artists and actors can add their voice to this climate issue.

artists
Through music, artists can compose songs relating to climate change to educate their fans.

actors/scriptwriters/producers
Through movies and stage plays, actors, scriptwriters and producers can channel their script and acting on climate change to create awareness and offer their audience the best practices in ensuring a healthy environment, clean water bodies and rightful way in fishing, farming, mining among others.

All these mediums are very essential in educating and creating change in attitudes and providing the right information on climate change.
Priscilla Asamoah Baffour

Priscilla Baffour

Humanitarian. Co-Founder&Md, Primad Organisation. Global Goodwill Ambassador (GGA). Author. Women-Girls Empowerment. Woman Of God.

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2 thoughts on “The Role Of Education In Tackling Climate Change

  • JMV/Josune Moneo-Viloria

    I agree about the importance of including specific contents in each and every school refering to the need of environmental care as well as giving clear behavioral guidelines to the students that will help them develop a progressive higher responsability about their own behavior.
    But all of this, concerns actually the teaching systems and methodologies.

    Education is a totally different thing. We are all educators for others (behavioral models) in same way we all do educate constantly through the behavioral patterns around us. In that sense, we should not expect our children to learn in school what they do not see in the society they are part of. What they actually see is that the true priority at almost every level is profitability and adaptability to the current conditions given by the market. I mean, I can learn all the theoretical subjects but then, as soon as I need to be a consumer, I will need to consum from the market around me and the producers are not caring for environmental care as a must of highest priority. They care about profitability and add some kind of kind gestures to their production systems just to look acceptably decent in front of the consumers and gain some reputation to their branchs mainly for marketing reasons.

    In same way, you can teach me a lot of theory but in the end, when I need to be part of any productive process generating goods or services for others, I will see how the company explains me and all other co-workers why we all need to be competitive within the market even if that has environmental cost.

    I do not think we need to punish kids for not throwing their waste in the appropiate rubbish bin. We can so so. Yes, no problem. But in the end, if we are honest trying a true solution, we need to punish the companies for making a bad impact through their unecological systems of production and logistics.

    I agree about the need of giving the subject a much higher attention and presence in all levels you were depicting on your article. Absolutely. It is a must. But then again, that alone will not make such a big impact in education than charging at an extra cost each and every product making an extra cost environmentally as strong than everyone (producers and consumers) definitively will find no advantage in manteining their current policies and behavioral patterns.

    Education is a matter of normal habits around us. Even animals get educated by their grown-ups. Education results from the need of sharing life. Each familiar model provides some advice and some main habits to follow and that same happens at each and every neighborhood, at each and every cultural region, country or continent.

    So, please, let´s distinguish clear between “teaching systems” (human) and “educational experiences” (natural) as we had education millenia before we invented the first school and unless we point on this distinction, it will be very difficult to get into clear conclusions.

    Thanks for the article and the many valuable suggestions given in it. Each and every step counts. We have a lot to be done and Time is running out. Survival comes first.

    Or shall we all die together proud of ourselves giving our lives just to mantein this killing model of market alive for some more years?

  • Stephen Saunders

    Thank you Priscilla for including sections on how Entertainers, Artists, and Actors/Scriptwriters/Producers can contribute toward awareness and attitude change. You have added an additional perspective on the subject.

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