Climate change represents one of the greatest environmental, social and economic threats facing the planet. Needless to mention that it has been on the world policy’s agenda for decades and that numerous countries have developed their strategies and approaches to raise awareness for the issue and to initiate actions for mitigating and adapting to the effects. Today’s teenagers are likely to experience the effects of climate change much more than we do today – and they will be forced to address the issue and need to learn to live sustainably in order to counteract climate change and subsequent environmental problems.
Schools can play a central role in providing young people with information and knowledge to help them understand climate change as early as possible. This will help them deal not only with the immediate challenges, but also with the longer term ones.
Schools can assist their students with making more conscious consumer choices in terms of developing new attitudes towards what is appropriate and what is not. Moreover, schools have a key role in supporting young people to make career choices, for some businesses will grow considerably while others will decline.