The quality of life of future generations is largely dependent on the quality of education that we impart to today’s students. Educational methods are more effective when students are challenged to identify the cause and effect of a problem that they can relate to in their own life.
Climate change is considered to be the most critical factor affecting sustainable and equitable development, increasing conflicts, and causing massive extinction of species. Thus, the impact of climate change is inseparable from our day-to-day life.
In this context, we aim to integrate relevant education and science communication modules in the education system to help students and the general public across the globe in improving their understanding of the science of climate change and in developing necessary skills to mitigate its impact.
TROP ICSU (“Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding”) is a global project funded by the International Council of Science. We collate and curate digital/ICT-based teaching resources that integrate climate studies with curriculum in various disciplines, including Science, Mathematics, and Social Science. These teaching resources are locally rooted in their context, but globally relevant for their science.
Our innovative educational resources, with detailed step-by-step descriptions for use in regular lectures, are designed and packaged so that teachers in schools and colleges across the world can use them to
- introduce examples and case studies from climate science and climate change while enhancing the conceptual understanding of topics in the Sciences, Mathematics, Social Science, and other disciplines
- impart interdisciplinary training that is essential for research and action on climate change adaptation and mitigation
The goal is not to introduce Climate Education as a stand-alone topic, but to integrate it with the core curriculum of Science, Mathematics, and Social Sciences.