AS AS Andrew Strickland

Thanks for sharing information this is very useful.


DT DT Dishita Turakhia

In response to Explain how the problem you are addressing, the solution you have designed, and the population you are serving align with the Challenge.

It would be good to get some data to back the assumptions/claims about the lack of educational programs on climate action.

JJ JJ Jane Ji

Hi Dishita,

Thanks for your comment.

Our statement is "The problem we focus on is the lack of educational programs that empower children to take measurable climate action."

This is different than "lack of educational programs on climate action". There are many educational programs on climate action, but they don't have a method to measure the climate action associated with the CO2 reduction AKA climate action.

We came across this research - The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions
( https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa7541 ). "we find that ten high school science textbooks from Canada largely fail to mention these actions (they account for 4% of their recommended actions), instead focusing on incremental changes with much smaller potential emissions reductions. Government resources on climate change from the EU, USA, Canada, and Australia also focus recommendations on lower-impact actions. We conclude that there are opportunities to improve existing educational and communication structures to promote the most effective emission-reduction strategies and close this mitigation gap."

In order to close this gap, we need CO2e reduction measurement. If there were measurable climate action programs, we would know what are the "high impact" actions ( related to the big CO2e reductions), and those textbooks and associated programs would promote the high impact climate actions.

The researchers in the report recommended high impact climate actions, such as "living car-free (2.4 tCO2e saved per year), avoiding airplane travel (1.6 tCO2e saved per roundtrip transatlantic flight) and eating a plant-based diet (0.8 tCO2e saved per year). These actions have much greater potential to reduce emissions than commonly promoted strategies like comprehensive recycling (four times less effective than a plant-based diet) or changing household lightbulbs (eight times less). " In our program, we empower children to take high-impact actions such as go car-free or having plant-based diets because our program is a competition based on the CO2e reduction measured by our platform.

You can find many examples to reflect the research findings. For example, the Federation of Environmental Education (https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa7541 bal/ ) is "world’s largest environmental education organization" with members in 77 countries. It contains ecoschools across the globe. It has a website dedicated for its global ecoschools: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa7541 bal/ You can see their programs that focus on climate action is litter less campaign and youth reporting. For details of their programs, please visit https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa7541 bal/our-programmes

I hope the explanation is helpful. Thanks again for your comment.

Best regards,


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