Children’s Perspectives on Climate Change and Sustainability Education

Children’s Perspectives on Climate Change and Sustainability Education


16 Jul 2024    
10:00am - 3:30pm

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Tuesday 16 July 2024, 10:00-15:30 BST

At this hybrid symposium, UCL’s Institute of Education will share research related to Children and Young People’s Perspectives on Climate Change and Sustainability Education across various contexts. Based on the research-informed evidence, they will engage in discussions about young people’s participation in mitigating climate changes and how we (researchers, teachers, early years practitioners, parents, etc.) can contribute to Sustainability Education for young people to strengthen our collective efforts towards a more sustainable future.

This is the registration page for in-person participation. Venue: Nunn Hall, IOE , 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL

If you would like to attend online, please register here.

Symposium Programme:

10-10.30am: Welcome, Tea/Coffee and Refreshments

10.30-10.35am: Introduction


Keynote: Children’s (4-8 years old) perspectives on climate changes through parent-child dialogues: a participatory study with parents as co-researchers in England and China

Dr. Jie Gao, Dr. Yan Zhu, Bin Guo (The UCL-ZJU-Nottingham research team)


Keynote: What do students (11-14 years old) think about Climate Change and Sustainability Education?

Professor Nicola Walshe (UCL Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education)

11.45-12pm: Tea break


Keynote: A Multiple Justice Approach to Environmental Education

Dr. Rachel Wilder (University of Bath)


Keynote: Gamebooks for Environmental Education: a Design-based Research Case Study

Dr. Jonathan Halls (University of Nottingham)

1-2pm: Lunch

(Showcase of Sustainability Education in Chinese Early Years Settings: Shenzhen NO.3 Kindergarten)


Panel Discussion: How can research-informed evidence promote sustainability education in school and family contexts?

Chair: Dr. Junqing Zhai (The UCL-ZJU-Nottingham research team)


Professor Justin Dillon, Dr Nasreen Majid (UCL Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education)

Michael Holland (Nature Educator and Author)

Dr. Yuwei Xu, Dr. Wendy Sims-Schouten, Dr Francesca Salvi, Dr Frans Kruger (The UCL-ZJU-Nottingham research team)


Acknowledgement: This symposium is funded by the UCL-ZJU Strategic Partnership Fund and supported by Leslie Cai (EPSURF) and Yilin Wang (EPSURF).

Special thanks to our two research assistants Bin Guo (IOE), Zhuoran Chen (Nottingham) and Shenzhen NO.3 Kindergarten.

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