There is a perceived need to foster awareness about climate change in schools and universities and to engage young people and future professionals in the search for local solutions for a problem whose roots are often local, but which with has global dimensions. Yet, although much is written and spoken about climate change at scientific circles, little information filters through other levels. In particular, the comprehensive body of information and knowledge on matters related to climate change available at research centres and universities may be very useful in educating future generations, but it is seldom used. Since much can be gained by using scientific information to foster the debate on climate change at schools and universities across the world, the "World Climate Teach-In Day" will be organized.
The organization of transnational on-line climate teach-ins, is a concept developed by the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences as part of the "International Climate Change Information Programme" (ICCIP) details on which can be seen at http://www.iccip.net. Further to the success of the "European Climate Teach-In Day" held on the 5th June 2009 (details at: http://www.climateday.eu), the concept has been extended to include a truly global event, namely the "World Climate Teach-In Day" which will involve thousands of schools and universities across the globe.
The event will consist of lectures on different aspects of climate change prepared by some of the leading experts in the field. The lectures will be prepared in a way that allows the contents to be understood by secondary school and university students. The "World Climate Teach-in Day" will disseminate not only scientific information, but also approaches, methods, strategies, and other types of action taking place all around Europe, in order to cope with the challenge of climate change.
The "World Climate Teach-in Day" will be held on the 4th June 2010, just before the official World Environment Day (5th June 2010), a traditional date in the world environment calendar. It is organized by the Research and Transfer Centre Applications of Life Sciences of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany (HAW Hamburg), as part of the "International Climate Change Information Programme" (ICCIP) led by HAW Hamburg. The "World Climate Teach-in Day" is being organized in partnership with the the UN Environment Programme, UNESCO and the World Meteorological Organisation among others.
"World Climate Teach-in Day" is recognized by UNESCO as a project in the framework of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). It will involve schools and universities in countries all over the world.