Please note that this course has concluded, although its content remains available for perusal. You can access the modules by enrolling in the course and clicking the "Modules" tab above; however, it is no longer possible to receive the course badge or the course certificate. Finally, please note that support for this course is no longer provided by the course instructors or the Teacher Academy team.


Student activists like Greta Thunberg have put schools at the forefront of the global climate crisis. Accordingly, tackling the topic of the global climate crisis in our classrooms has rarely been more important. This course will help you to understand and make sense of the scientific evidence behind the crisis and the associated ongoing debates. More importantly, it will explore how you can approach the topic through projects and other activities in your classroom.

As a participant, you will:

  • Explore the basic science behind climate change
  • Learn about the main consequences of the climate crisis
  • Discover ideas, pedagogical practices and tools that can help you to address the climate crisis and environmental sustainability in your classroom
  • Understand how to utilise and integrate student thinking about the climate crisis into classroom activities
  • Investigate approaches to organise constructive debates on the topic of climate change
  • Discuss how to organise constructive debates and student projects addressing the climate crisis


This course is based on the work of the Pedagogical Advisory Board. You can follow it at your own pace; we will open one module at the beginning of each week, but the only deadlines you need to pay attention to are in the last module. The language of communication is English.

To get the most out of the course, you can join the Facebook group or share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #TeachingClimateCrisis.

List of modules

Module 1: Understanding the Global Climate Crisis

Start date: 27/04/2020 12:00

End date: 03/06/2030 23:59

Module 2: Teaching about the Global Climate Crisis

Start date: 04/05/2020 12:00

End date: 03/06/2030 23:59

Module 3: Sustainability in the Classroom

Start date: 11/05/2020 12:00

End date: 03/06/2030 23:59

Module 4: The Global Climate Crisis in Your Classroom

Start date: 18/05/2020 12:00

End date: 03/06/2030 23:59

To join the course, please first register or log in to the School Education Gateway.

Start date

Monday, 27 April 2020

End date

Wednesday, 3 June 2020


The course runs for 5,5 weeks with a total number of 4 modules (one module per week), including 1.5 extra-grace weeks at the end of the course. The estimated workload is 3-4 hours per week.

Target audience

The course targets any classroom practitioner who wants to address the climate crisis and environmental sustainability in their classroom. The course provides an introduction to the topic, so that practitioners can further develop their practice in subsequent activities.


You will receive a course badge and a course certificate upon completion of the full course. All badges can be exported to the Badgr Backpack.

You can get your certificate formally accredited if you live in Portugal; Castilla y León, Spain; or La Rioja, Spain. Find out how to apply for accreditation.

Course Moderators

Efi Saltidou
Jose Manuel Viñas Diéguez