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The Climate – Education Research Framework

Working papers

Written by Akanksha Bapna, Nick Simpson, Sarah Colenbrander

Image credit:Sujkai Photography

The linkages between climate change and education are vast. On the one hand, climate change has direct impacts on education through exposure to physical hazards like flooding or extreme heat, but education also enables people to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Understanding this bidirectional relationship is critical, as it will help us absorb the most acute climate impacts while enabling us to understand how climate change impacts students, educators, and educational infrastructure.

The Climate-Education Research Framework (CERF) is a systematic approach to understanding this relationship. The framework offered by CERF is grounded in systems-thinking. By helping disentangle the complex interactions between climate change and education, this framework can help guide and inform the design of scalable policies and actions for improving climate and educational outcomes.