What do we need to empower and educate young people about the environment? | Research for the Real World

Between challenges like climate despair and alternative climate facts, how can education give young people a fuller understanding of the scale and significance of critical climate change?


With a PhD in glaciology and a background in geography education, Professor Nicola Walshe can attest to why Geography as a subject is well-placed to engage in the interdisciplinary nature of environmental and sustainability education.


Hosting this episode, Dr Rob Webster asks Nicola about common challenges and misconceptions around climate change and sustainability, as well as what kinds of teaching approaches research has evidenced to be effective in closing gaps between awareness and behaviour. Professor Walshe also discusses the Eco-Capabilities project which explores the intersect of the natural environment, wellbeing, and the arts, and particularly how primary school children’s wellbeing can be supported by nature-based interventions.


Full show notes and links: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2021/nov/what-do-we-need-empower-and-educate-young-people-about-environment-rftrw-s11e04