IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Young people’s perspectives on climate change and sustainability education

16 July 2024, 10:00 am–3:30 pm

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Join this event to hear a discussion on young people's participation in mitigating climate change and how research can inform Sustainability Education.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Dr Jie Gao


Nunn Hall
20 Bedford Way

In this event, speakers will share research related to young people’s perspectives on climate change and sustainability education across various contexts.

Based on the research-informed evidence, there will be discussions about young people's participation in mitigating climate change and how researchers, teachers, early years practitioners, parents, etc. can contribute to Sustainability Education for young people to strengthen our collective efforts towards a more sustainable future.


  • 10-10.30: Welcome, Tea/Coffee and Refreshments
  • 10.30-10.35: Introduction
  • 10.35-11.15: Keynote: Children’s (4-8 years old) perspectives on climate changes through parent-child dialogues: a participatory study with parents as co-researchers in England and China - Dr. Jie Gao, Dr. Yan Zhu, Bin Guo (the UCL-ZJU-Nottingham research team)
  • 11.15-11.45: Keynote: What do students (11-14 years old) think about Climate Change and Sustainability Education? - Professor Nicola Walshe (UCL Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education)
  • 11.45-12pm: Tea break
  • 12-12.30pm: Keynote: A Multiple Justice Approach to Environmental Education - Dr. Rachel Wilder (University of Bath)
  • 12.30-1pm: Keynote: Gamebooks for Environmental Education: a Design-based Research Case Study - Dr. Jonathan Halls (University of Nottingham)
  • 1-2pm: Lunch; Showcase of Sustainability Education in Chinese Early Years Settings: Shenzhen NO.3 Kindergarten
  • 2-3.30pm: Panel Discussion - How can research-informed evidence promote sustainability education in school and family contexts? - Chair: Dr. Junqing Zhai (The UCL-ZJU-Nottingham research team); Panelists: Professor Justin Dillon and Dr Nasreen Majid (UCL Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education), Michael Holland (Nature Educator and Author), Dr. Yuwei Xu, Dr. Wendy Sims-Schouten, Dr Francesca Salvi, Dr Frans Kruger (UCL-ZJU-Nottingham research team)

This event will be particularly useful for researchers, educators, policymakers and parents.

Please note this is a hybrid event and can be joined either in-person or online.

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