Cultivating Environmental Protectors: A Free-Access Collection of CE International Articles on Environmental Stewardship

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.”

—Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

Childhood Education International has again partnered with Taylor & Francis Online to offer a free-access collection of articles curated from our publications as a direct response to current events. Cultivating Environmental Protectors: Global Examples of Education in an Era of Climate Change is a compilation of 15 articles that will inspire educators seeking to foster environmental stewardship in their learning spaces.

The articles pulled from the Childhood Education: Innovations magazine and the Journal of Research in Childhood Education cover a wide variety of approaches to fostering a love of nature and a desire to work together among young learners. Topics range from solar-powered solutions in energy-poor regions and hydroponic practices in the classroom to promoting service learning as a gateway to global citizenship. The collection should motivate educators and education leaders to implement innovative ways of molding a new generation of children who are resolute in their efforts to protect our planet.

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From 31 October to 12 November 2021, all eyes were on COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, as world leaders discussed climate change and decided how to proceed with mitigation measures. Widespread agreement on ambitious objectives in some areas proved elusive, leading many advocates to point to the need for increased Climate Change Education (CCE). As it currently stands, most countries simply are not “making the grade” on the Education International (EI) Climate Change Education Ambition Report Card.

While the EI CCE Ambition Report Card grade is ultimately influenced by national level policy decisions, the Cultivating Environmental Protectors collection contains examples of education leaders taking matters into their own hands and working to foster a love for nature. It also places a strong emphasis on Global Citizenship Education, which, among other things, teaches children to be aware of the broader impact of their actions in a global context.

We hope that this collection inspires educators and education leaders to consider innovative ways to embed innovative, environmental stewardship initiatives in their learning contexts. A love of nature, as mentioned in the quote from former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, might be the missing ingredient from our current generation of leaders.