Sign and support gender-transformative education to advance climate justice
Girls' education is one of the most effective — and most overlooked — solutions to climate change.
But girls are still being held back by inequality: every day, girls are pulled from school. And every day we lose the potential of a future leader, scientist, or conservationist. Future generations will need every incredible mind to combat the climate crisis.
Gender transformative education can equip girls and all young people with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle the climate crisis, claim and exercise their rights, and empower them to be leaders and decision-makers.
Girls' education advances climate justice — every additional year of schooling for girls leads to significant improvements in a country's resilience to climate-related disasters.
By investing in girls' education, we could tear down the practices and structures that are damaging our planet and causing this inequality.
Now is the time for our government to commit to gender transformative education for climate change through the Australian Aid program and the Australia Pacific Climate Partnership.
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Dear Australian Government,
I am signing this petition in solidarity with girls, young women and young people from around the world, who are calling for gender transformative education to be recognised as a key climate solution.
As a donor country, Australia has a key role to play in both committing to climate education nationally, as well as integrating gender transformative education to advance climate justice through the Australian Aid program.
I urge you to show your commitment to this issue by supporting gender-transformative education and youth leadership through the Australian Aid program and Australia Pacific Climate Partnership, by investing in approaches that:
- incorporate climate into all aspects of the core curriculum across 12 years of education and expand beyond climate science to include social/justice and political dimensions, sustainable development and a human rights framing
- break down the cultural norms and traditional power structures that serve as barriers to girls' leadership, and empower them to hold their local communities and governments to account
- adapt and translate climate information to local contexts and languages and different population groups: involving real life stories and examples that are locally relevant and include indigenous knowledge
- take an intersectional approach that leaves no child behind, and ensure all perspectives are included
- facilitate critical thinking, learning and responsibility, with skills to support confidence building, data analysis, negotiation/debating, creativity, systems thinking, activism and feminist leadership
- are action-oriented, share key information and opportunities on climate policy processes and enable young people to participate in decision-making and capacity growing environments
- invest in teachers and educators – through training and materials and by supporting their wellbeing – so they can lead and facilitate gender transformative climate education
- strive to achieve a culture of freedom and not dominance or oppression over the people and the planet.