Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development

  • Therese FergusonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_372



In this entry, climate change education for sustainable development (CCESD) is defined as a multi- and interdisciplinary response to climate change that enhances knowledge and awareness of the basic science, causes, and impacts of climate change; encourages changes in individual and societal behaviors and lifestyles; and increases individuals’ and societies’ adaptation and mitigation capacities.


“Climate change is not a concern of just one or two nations. It is an issue that affects all humanity, and every living being on this earth … We have to take serious action now to protect our environment and find constructive solutions to global warming” voiced Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama to participants of the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the recent conference in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018 (Dharpo 2018). According to the Intergovernmental...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationThe University of the West IndiesKingstonJamaica

Section editors and affiliations

  • Petra Molthan-Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK