In early November, 3.4 million teachers and students from 149 countries, including Moldova, celebrated Climate Action Day, the culminating event of the Climate Action Project, a program of Take Action Global (TAG), a leading climate action education organization. The sixth year of the Climate Action Project was supported by partners LEGO, Earth Day Organization, World Wildlife Fund, and UN Environment Programme. Website: https://www.climate-action.info.
“Something happens when people from different locations and different life experiences come together to create change. When students join in local and global action and as they become united in an effort for taking on a problem as big as the climate crisis, they start to understand how in this world we all fit together”, said TAG co-founder Dr. Jennifer Williams.
The six-week program, which has grown in size and scope each year, brings together thousands of schools from around the world to examine climate change and environmental literacy. Students progress through weekly activities exploring causes, effects, and solutions. Classrooms engage in class-to-class virtual exchanges where they work with students from other countries as they consider both local and global implications. In the final week, teachers and students join with project partners Climate Action Day, a global online celebration as they share their learning, actions, and even inventions with world leaders, leading climate scientists and researchers, and international youth activists. Schools and classrooms receive recognition for their efforts with a certificate.
In 2022, 300 educators from different regions of Moldova participated in Climate Action Project together with their students: they planted trees and flowers, organised clean-up days, organised flashmobs, wrote letters to decision makers, did research and had global video conferences. Moldova is placed as the #12 country with the most involved teachers in this project, out of 149 countries participating.
The project is free and open to all PreK-12 classrooms, and curriculum and lesson plans are available in 16 languages. The new EarthProject app helps students track their efforts by showing amounts of avoided carbon reflecting the effects of climate education.
“Climate action education has an important role to tackle climate change on a global scale. It informs students, takes away climate anxiety, and brings important skills to a classroom including empathy, creativity, and problem-solving,” shared TAG co-founder Koen Timmers.
“Climate change is happening. This debate is over. When Earth will finally give up, we will know how important it was to us. But I have a dream - in 100 years the Earth is green, and we thrive on this magnificent planet of ours. The ‘stop’ button is still here. Learn how to click it while you can.” (Ernests, grade 9, Heritage International School)
“I believe educating minds is the best step to take in climate action. Our young people are our future, the future of this planet. We must leave our grandchildren and great-grandchildren a beautiful place to live, that’s why a sustainable way of living now is of utmost importance. Every single small step counts, and each of us is responsible for the way we protect our planet.” (Tatiana Popa, Climate Action Project country ambassador, Heritage International School)
About Take Action Global
Take Action Global (TAG) is a leading nonprofit organization committed to climate action education for educators and K-12 students. During the past six years, TAG has served over 3.4 million students and educators from 149 countries through the Climate Action Project and Climate Action Day. TAG established partnerships with international experts and world leaders, including the UN, WWF, NASA, LEGO, Cartoon Network, and the Jane Goodall Institute, and 20 Ministries of Education. TAG is a co-author of the Climate Literacy Petition on Earth Day 2022 with the Earth Day Organization and Fridays for the Future. https://www.takeactionglobal.org/
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