The importance of climate change education has now become a concern at the national, regional and international levels which is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and an agreement of 193 UN member countries set in 2015. Climate change education introduces the causes and effects of climate change and efforts to respond to it by providing a multidisciplinary perspective. This education is expected to develop competencies in climate change mitigation and adaptation for teachers and students. In addition, it is also to promote climate-resilient development and reduce community vulnerability to face the uncertain future by preparing students, communities, and the education system to deal with natural disasters and disaster risk reduction (DRR).
The Southeast Asia Climate Change Education Programme (SEA-CEP) is the flagship programme of SEAQIS developed since 2020 to support the mentioned points above. As an early step, SEAQIS held a Workshop on SEACEP Development Phase II on 28-31 October 2021. The workshop, which was held at the Atlantic City Hotel, Bandung, was the continuation of the previous workshop held in August. This workshop was attended by 40 participants consisting of teachers, lecturers, and SEAQIS staff.
In this workshop, several materials related to climate change education were presented, including environmental education for sustainable development (EESD) and environmental communication for EESD presented by Dr Dinny Mardiana (Universitas Islam Nusantara) and Dr Herlina Agustin (University of Padjajaran) respectively. During her session, Dr Dinny highlighted the results of several summit events related to climate change issues. Meanwhile, Dr Herlina Agustin discussed how to communicate the environment’s condition to the authorities (government).
Not only discussing the climate change education from the environmental perspective, but this workshop also discussed the social psychology, neuroscience, sociology, anthropology, and IT-based learning media for EESD presented by Prof Dr Suryana Sumantri (Universitas Padjajaran), Aulia Iskandarsyah, M.Psi., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Universitas Padjajaran), Sakti Wira Yuda, M.Si (Universitas Indonesia), Rhino Ariefiansyah, S.Sos. MEAP (Universitas Indonesia) and Ikrom Mustofa, S.Si., M.Sc. (Piarea) respectively.