The grand challenge the world will face in the coming decades will undoubtedly be dealing with climate change. The consequences of a warming climate are far-reaching and are already affecting terrestrial and marine ecosystems, crop yields, and altering hydrological systems which affects water resources. With impacts on the natural environment and society for generations to come, climate change is high on political, strategic, and economic agendas worldwide.
To prepare the next generation to address these challenges, ESA has developed teaching and learning resources for all age groups. These aim to guide students towards appropriate environmental action and empower them to deal with risk and uncertainty (Reid, A., et al., 2019).
The CCI educational resources focus on climate and climate change topics, targeting the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curricula of primary, secondary, and tertiary education in Europe. These include classroom resources packs for students aged between 8 and 15 years old to be available from late 2020, the Climate From Space app, an online MOOC and summer courses for postgraduates, plus a data analysis toolbox for advanced users.
The Climate Detectives classroom resources are also available, covering the topics of weather and climate, seasons, Earth and atmosphere, and natural and human-made disasters.