UNDP rolls out climate curriculum for children across Eurasia region

Nov 16, 2017

Introduced at COP23, Climate Box targets eight countries, aims for scale-up

Bonn, 16 November 2017 – UNDP has launched a climate curriculum that teaches children how to fight climate change in their everyday lives.

“Climate action needs to start in the classroom. If we empower today’s children to understand the devastating impact of climate change and take action, we’re winning the battles of the future,” said Armen Grigoryan, Regional team leader for climate change, disaster and energy. The Climate Box will be taught and distributed as part of the national curriculum in Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. It is also available online and downloadable as an application.

The Climate Box was initiated through a partnership between UNDP and the Coca-Cola Foundation and was supported with funds from the Global Environment Facility and the Government of Russia.

The textbook is an illustrated encyclopedia of climate issues targeting children aged 7 to 14 who not only get to learn about the science behind climate change but are given practical tips on how to dramatically reduce their carbon footprint.

It was authored by climatology, geography, biology and economics experts, working closely with teachers and professional writers of books for children.

For teachers, the box offers scientifically sound and updated information on climate change and provides guidelines on how to present to children.

The Climate Box will ultimately expand to countries heavily affected by climate-related impacts in and outside the region.

From flooding in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia to more widespread and prolonged droughts in the countries of Central Asia, extreme climate events are threatening decades of hard-won development achievements across the Europe and Central Asia region.

The region is also characterized by high levels of energy intensity and inefficiency, ageing infrastructure and the slow adoption of renewable energy sources.

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