Interactive Map Of The World's First UN Climate Change Teachers Is Unveiled

An interactive online map showing the world’s first eighty UN Climate Change Teachers will be launched at Saracens School in Colindale London today, as part of the Lord Mayor’s London Climate Action Week ( The aim is to highlight the need for a Climate Change Teacher in Every School in the UK. The new Climate Change Teacher Course enables teachers to encourage and generate social innovation, and prepare today’s youth to protect the planet.

Melanie Harwood and Denise Meissner, the education specialists who launched the project in partnership with UN:CC Learn says, “We are delighted to share the map with our partners and supporters of the project. We have been overwhelmed with the support and interest in the United Nations Climate Change Teacher programme. It has become a global movement in just two months.”

Over 1,973 teachers have already signed up so far and there are teachers from more than 27 countries involved.

The innovative first phase of the programme was launched on April 22 and is fully funded for primary school teachers, secondary school teachers and further education college teachers worldwide. All they need to do is log onto the UN Climate Change Teacher Academy to access the free lessons and CPD ( Once teachers have completed the five units of the Climate Change Teacher Course, they will be accredited by UN CC:Learn to deliver climate change facts and mitigation best practices. The online training for teachers in primary and secondary schools has been designed to equip educators with the knowledge and confidence to deliver lessons on the topic of climate change to their class and across the school curriculum.

The very First 80 UK Climate Change Teachers have been invited to take part in an initial trial of the eduCCate Global Programme which will deliver hundreds of cross-curricular climate literacy lessons for all age groups. The eduCCate Global Programme will then be made available to all schools across the UK via Yakhi, an innovative education platform that enables children and teachers to share what they have learnt with participating schools throughout the world. The first lessons are expected to be delivered in the classrooms of every school in the United Kingdom, fully funded by corporate sponsorship, in September 2019.

Angus Mackay, Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research says, “We are delighted to be able to support this important educational initiative in the United Kingdom. Anyone below the age of 20 is part of the ‘climate generation’ living all or most of their lives having to deal with climate change. The Climate Change Teacher Training Academy is an excellent idea because it will give children an intuitive understanding of the issues and it is solutions based. We are looking for sponsors so we can move on to Phase 2 of the project”.

For more information contact Melanie on - 07595 099 144

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Mayor of London

As a major world city, London has a vital role to play in tackling climate change. London’s businesses and organisations are a global hub for expertise in finding solutions to cutting carbon emissions. We’re also leading the way in adapting to the inevitable impact of climate change. London Climate Action Week runs from 1-8 July, and is convened by the Mayor of London. It’s a chance to share world-leading low carbon solutions and expertise, and highlight the action taking place in London. The aim is to show the wider UK and the rest of the world what practical changes we can make to tackle the climate emergency.


UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations. At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge-sharing and the dissemination of common climate change learning materials. It coordinates training interventions through collaboration of UN agencies and other partners, contributing to a growing critical mass of professionals and individuals with the necessary understanding of the basics of climate change to inform their decisions and take effective action.

At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in addressing learning priorities relevant to their national climate change action plans by developing tailored learning strategies, in collaboration with national education and training institutions. UN CC:Learn is operating in over 20 countries and is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research.

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Harwood Education delivers innovative outstanding education resources, programmes, training and learning schemes to the entirety of the education sector as well as direct to the home learning sector, both in the UK and International markets. Harwood Education follows a stringent joint venture and licensing process, both of which assure schools of a high standard of quality in both product and customer service.

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Harwood Education has teamed up with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to develop and deliver an innovative Climate Change Education Programme for primary and secondary schools in the UK. This ambitious multi-annual project will seek to develop a comprehensive package of interactive classroom materials on climate change for school teachers and children:

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