20th CTAUN Conference at the UN

5 April 2019

“OUR PLANET – OUR CRISIS – WHAT’S NEXT?”

“Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment. If we do not change course by 2020, we could miss our chance to avoid the disastrous consequences of runaway climate change. The time for ambitious is now.”  UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

On 10 September 2018, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivered a series of definitive remarks on the state of Planet Earth, which were followed on 8 October by the devastating UN report on global warming issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “Let there be no doubt about the urgency of the crisis,” the S-G said. “If we do not change course by 2030, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us. The time for ambitious climate action is now!”

Educators have a responsibility to help their students and community to learn about how they can bring about effective climate action. The challenges may appear overwhelming, but the responsibility of citizens is to be informed and to engage in solutions. As educators, we need to develop young people to be our next generation of leaders in this effort. In addition to meeting the moral challenge of saving lives by reimagining a world of green energy, halting the deforestation that causes floods, limiting the huge numbers of people forced out of their homes and more, there is the wonder and excitement that comes with ingenuity. If students become knowledgeable about climate change and proactive in protecting our planet already in crisis, the hope to save it will continue.

CTAUN’s annual conference – Our Planet – Our Crisis – What’s Next? – scheduled for April 5, 2019, will have a special science component and materials addressing ways in which teachers can effect these changes in their classrooms. We urge active educators and young people to join us in meeting this great challenge of our time.

This conference will highlight major issues affecting our environment, and showcase efforts underway by UN agencies, governments, NGOs and individuals in finding solutions.  Special emphasis will be on the role of educators in raising  awareness and as always we will provide resources for use in the classroom.

We invite you to join us for this important discussion, and invite your thoughts on this topic  – contact us at info@teachun.org

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