The Global Education Summit that will launch the Teach for the Planet campaign will take place on 21 April, from 1 to 4 pm CEST. The event will be livestreamed on and on Education International social media channels, with interpretation in English, French and Spanish.



Andrew Jack

Global Education Editor, Financial Times

Mbali Thethani

Journalist, South Africa

Patricia Guadalupe

Journalist, NBC Latino, United States

Why we need climate education now

Educators across the world are organising in support of quality climate education for all. Education union leaders will explain how climate education can help in the fight against climate change and why it is imperative to act without delay.

Dr Sifiso Ndlovu

Chief Executive Officer, Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association

Haldis Holst

Deputy General Secretary, Education International

Susan Hopgood

President, Education International

Education unions taking the lead for climate education

How can education unions engage their governments to ensure the provision of universal climate education? What are the winning strategies? What projects or campaigns have been effective? In this panel, education union leaders share their experiences and best practices.

Gifty Apanbil

Deputy General Secretary, Ghana National Association of Teachers

Liam Rutherford

President, NZEI Te Riu Roa, New Zealand

Rossella Benedetti

National Secretary for International Relations, UIL Scuola, Italy

Yolanda Martínez Mendoza

Coordinator, Colegiado Nacional de Organización, SNTE, Mexico

Climate education and the fight for truth

The panel will explore some of the challenges educators face in their efforts to teach climate change. Panellists will discuss how climate education based in science and evidence can help develop critical thinking skills and be a tool against the proliferation of fake news and climate denialism.

Fatima Cleide

Educator, activist, union member, ecologist, Brazil

Katherine S. Dorman

Science Educator, Douglas County Federation of Teachers, American Federation of Teachers

Michelle Codrington-Rogers

Citizenship teacher, Ex-President, NASUWT, the Teachers’ Union, United Kingdom

Indigenous peoples at the forefront of the fight against climate change

Indigenous peoples are some of the most vulnerable groups in the face of climate change. They are also guardians of traditions and sustainable ways of life in harmony with nature. Eleanor, a student from the UK and activist in Teach for the Future, interviews Laures Park from New Zealand on the perspective of indigenous peoples on climate change and climate change education.


Student, Activist in Teach for the Future, United Kingdom

Laures Park

Matua Takawaenga, NZEI Te Riu Roa, New Zealand

The pedagogy of climate change education

What does climate change education look like in the classroom and school community? What are the elements of an engaging, progressive and participatory curricula? What are teachers doing right now to make a difference? In this panel, teachers from around the world will share their ideas and best practices.

Dominique Bernier

Adviser for education for a sustainable future, Quebec Labour Congress, Canada

Juan Blas

Professor, Autonomous University of Chiriqui, Panama

Koen Timmers

Global Teacher Prize 2017 & 2018 finalist, educator and researcher, Project Kakuma

Lizmagda Lopez

Language teacher, Climate Action Project, Institución Educativa El Castillo, Colombia

Educators advocating for climate change education in Morocco

For educators in Morocco, quality climate change education is a priority. Education International member organisation SNE-CDT will share their experience in driving climate action through education.

Dalila El Barhmi

Arab Countries Coordinator, Education International

Younes Firachine

International Secretary and National Union Bureau Member, SNE-CDT, Morocco

Book reading: The Heart of the Earth

Amalia Low

Author, El Corazón de la tierra (The Heart of the Earth)

Standing together for climate action, justice and literacy

We’ll hear from the two other summits marking Earth Week this year: The Youth Speaks Summit led by Earth Uprising and the We Shall Breathe Summit organised by the Hip Hop Caucus.

Brooke Nelson

Communications, Earth Uprising

Nakisa Glover

National Climate Justice Organiser, Hip Hop Caucus

Mobilising for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in November 2021

In November 2021, Scotland will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). The panel will discuss the importance of COP26 and what educators and their unions can do to put quality climate change education for all at the top of the agenda for governments around the world.

John Swinney

Deputy First Minister, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Scotland

Larry Flanagan

General Secretary, The Educational Institute of Scotland

The Education International Manifesto for Quality Climate Change Education for All

The panel will discuss the critical actions governments need to take to ensure the provision of universal climate education as outlined in the Education International Manifesto for Quality Climate Change Education for All.

David Edwards

General Secretary, Education International

Kathleen Rogers

President, Earth Day Network

Special messages

Amilcar Sanatan

Steering Committee Member, Global Student Forum

Angie Motshekga

Minister of Basic Education, South Africa

Guri Melby

Minister of Education and Integration, Norway

John Kerry

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, USA

Nicolás Trotta

Minister of Education, Argentina

Sharan Burrow

General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

Stefania Giannini

Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO