International Education in the Face of Climate Change

Whatever you believe to be the cause for Climate Change, be it the result of fossil fuels that add excessive levels of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, or simply the natural evolution of the planet, the fact remains, the earth IS getting warmer. And faster than ever before.

Extreme weather events such as hurricanes, floods, fires, droughts and excessive temperatures currently have a direct impact on 70% of all economic sectors, worldwide. One in four businesses around the globe is affected. Climate Change is wreaking havoc on transportation and infrastructure, often halting supply chains for raw materials, parts and product distribution.

It’s clear, Climate Change can and does have an immediate affect on International Schools, and ultimately, our careers. As industries succumb to extreme weather events, parents pull children out of expensive, private, overseas schools, the consequences of which are fast becoming not a question of “if” but of “when.”

In the headlines, natural disasters are more prevalent than ever. If not already, it’s just a matter of time until parents require schools to provide a viable natural disaster preparedness plan, a plan that takes into account all types of events and includes the equipment to carry out the plan.

ISR asks: What’s YOUR take on the affect of Climate Change on International Education? What is YOUR school doing to insure its longevity and student safety in the face of potential natural disasters?

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7 thoughts on “International Education in the Face of Climate Change

  1. Its becoming more and more evident post-covid that we can’t obsess over one individual issue, else we atrophy in other areas.

    There are countless potential futures on the horizon, and as educators we should be limiting fear and instilling resiliency in our pupils.

    This infectious pessimism and borderline suicidal attitude towards the climate is both scientifically unfounded and truly ruining the hopes and dreams of young people.

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  2. If you’ve spent any time on the international circuit then you will be well aware that most countries don’t give damn about climate change. When the majority don’t have a steady income, a home, a car and all the rest which we enjoy then long term global issues like this pale into insignificance.

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    1. Sadly, climate change is a pressing global issue whether people give a damn about it or not. People outside the “international circuit” countries don’t give enough of a damn about it either, and they’re the ones in the best position to do something about it. Ironically, the people best poised to do something about it are the children we’re teaching — IF we teach them how important the issue is — but they won’t be able to anything, because it will be far too late.

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  3. I ask my class what they think about the future, where they will be at 50. They’re all terrified, saying they won’t be there because of climate change/crisis/emergency. Why not instil awareness using an ideal to aim for rather than fear?

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  4. What has happened to this forum? Is it being run by activists?

    Climate change is a slow process from the prospective of a human lifetime. The major effects of it won’t come about until long after I’m in the ground (I’ve got about 20 years left). Why would I concern myself with it in regards to my employment?

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