SDG4 Waste & Climate literacy

We strive for inclusion of environmental education in national school curricula to advance waste and climate change literacy.

How can we expect citizen participation in driving change and act for climate and pollution? Of the world’s 787 million children 258 million children, adolescents and youth are out of school (2019 data source). That’s 58.4 million children.
Generation Z & Alpha & their parents – need to know how they can act on a personal level to beat plastic pollution and respond to climate change.

In many countries environmental education is not yet included in school curricula.

It is fundamentally important that children – from a young age onwards – learn about the principles of 5R and alternatives to single-use, organic and non-organic materials, the importance of proper waste separation, sustainable consumption and production, the impact of littering on land, in fresh water bodies and our ocean, the impact on human health, and climate change.

Within our network we exchange information about existing and implemented environmental education with our partners in countries which do not yet have such learning materials included in their national curricula.

Capacity building case studies by our network members in various parts of the world

26 May 2022: Our session at The Second International Conference of the African Marine Waste Network – Towards zero plastics to the seas of Africa

International Waste Platform members from South Africa, Australia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Nigeria, Madagascar and Germany contributed with a session on Environmental Education

Explore our session Teach.Tackle.Transform. Environmental Education Case Studies from the International Waste Platform


September 2022: presenting at the 7th International Marine Debris Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea

Our network will be represented by Jella Kandziora. Our session is at Track 4, session 4.3 The vital role of environmental education to end plastic pollution – lessons learned and potential solutions

#SDG4 #SDG17 Our overview of virtual & printed learning materials for schools for various ages

Explore our overview of available environmental learning materials which have been developed by organisations across the globe. Making use of these materials is often free of charge and often the owners of the materials are willing to help with translations to help dissemination in other regions and languages.

International materials in English from various organisations and countries

Asia Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Philippines

Africa Senegal Ghana

Europe Germany Portugal

Oceania New Zealand

Central America Costa Rica

South America Brazil

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