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The climate crisis is among the most pressing global issues right now, as evidenced by the European Green Deal – and student activists like Greta Thunberg have put schools at its forefront. Accordingly, tackling the topic in our classrooms has never 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.

This course is based on the work of the Pedagogical Advisory Board.

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


  • The language of communication is English.
  • You can follow the course at your own pace. The only deadline you need to pay attention to is for the final peer-assessment activity in Module 4.
  • To get the most out of the course, you can join the course Facebook group or share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #TeachingClimateCrisis.

List of modules


Start date: 08/11/2021 12:00

End date: 15/12/2031 23:59

Module 1: Understanding the Global Climate Crisis

Start date: 08/11/2021 12:00

End date: 15/12/2031 23:59

Module 2: Teaching about the Global Climate Crisis

Start date: 15/11/2021 12:00

End date: 15/12/2031 23:59

Module 3: Sustainability in the Classroom

Start date: 22/11/2021 12:00

End date: 15/12/2031 23:59

Module 4: Final Activity - Assignment and Peer Assessment

Start date: 29/11/2021 12:00

End date: 15/12/2031 23:59

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

Start date

Monday, 8 November 2021

End date

Wednesday, 15 December 2021


The course lasts for 5,5 weeks: during the first four weeks, one new module opens every Monday. The deadline for the final assignment is Wednesday, 15 December.

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 if you complete the full course: this means you have to visit all sections and complete the final peer-assessment activity before the deadline.

The badge can be exported to the Badgr Backpack.

You can get your certificate formally accredited if you live in Ireland, Portugal, or Emilia-Romagna in Italy. Find out how to apply for accreditation.

Course Moderators

Efi Saltidou
Emma Abbate
Ismini Georgiadi