Education for Climate Coalition

The Coalition is a flagship initiative of the European Education Area, which aims to support a fair, green and digital societal transition for all.

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The Coalition will mobilise the education and training community to work towards achieving a climate neutral and sustainable European Union (EU).

It will seek to do so by centralising, upscaling, supporting and promoting bottom-up, co-created actions involving pupils, students, teachers, education institutions and stakeholders.

The work of the Coalition will be steered by an EU Secretariat in co-creation with national coalitions, schools, universities and other education stakeholders.

A dedicated online platform will be created to centralise the Coalition’s efforts in the form of pledges for concrete actions made by individuals and collective actors at the local, regional and national levels.

Education for Climate Coalition pledges will be guided by five priorities:

  • green skills development
  • teacher training
  • promoting behaviour change
  • linking education and science
  • collective awareness raising

The online platform will foster the sharing of knowledge and experience, connect education stakeholders and stimulate innovation.

The initiative will complement other European Green Deal transition actions, such as the European Climate Pact.

Latest updates

From 10 December 2020 until 31 January 2021, the European Commission invited the education community across the EU to complete a survey to express interest in supporting the work of the Coalition towards realising a climate neutral, sustainable EU.

During this time, a total of 576 contributions were received – thank you!

This response highlights the commitment of the education community across Member States to realise a fair, green transition in line with the vision outlined within the European Green Deal and the proposal on achieving the European Education Area by 2025.

The survey has made an important contribution to the work of the Coalition by identifying existing initiatives and networks at the local, regional and national levels.

This information will prove essential in supporting the development of national coalitions throughout 2021 and beyond.

Related content

News – ‘576 responses to the first Education for Climate Coalition online survey!’ (January 2021)

European Education Area

A European Green Deal

European Climate Pact


Image: © European Union, 2020.