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Integrating Climate Change as the Central Focus in Education by Expanding Teaching Methods.

Educational Business Services intends to host a number of campaigns that will address pollution  and teach children how pollution also affects climate change. Awareness is the most critical agent when it comes to educating people about these issues, especially people that do not understand the impacts global warming has on their direct life and more so, people that know very little about it.

For centuries, the world has grown a dependency on fossil fuels. The coal and fuel industry has been powering economies, therefore, creating employment and providing dense energy that has made life more convenient by supplying electricity, gasses and oils. 

To re-educate, influence and change the mindset of people that have grown this dependency will require breaking down psychological, political, academic, cultural and information structures that people are accustomed to. 

For regions such as Africa, where people haven’t experienced extreme weather disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires and many more. People might be aware of these global disasters, but lack an understanding of what fuels them to be extreme and therefore these extreme conditions are perceived as a distant matter of concern. This ignorance issue also touches on inequality in education as people know about temperatures changing, but do not understand the warming of the atmosphere has an impact on the changes.

Communication inequality is also one of the biggest topples when it comes to awareness. Fortunately for developed countries such as the United States, there is an abundance of information and public awareness initiatives that address this challenge. For many undeveloped countries, there aren’t enough resources and initiatives on climate change and the topic stands treated as of secondary importance.

Economic and civic engagement factors are also some of the challenges that hinder concern and knowledge. Many underdeveloped countries are affected by poverty, political instability and wars, therefore making it impossible for people that are concerned about just surviving to take climate change into consideration, especially when they don’t have an understanding of the topic. 

Strong traditional beliefs and religion also play a role when it comes to the urgency and understanding of climate change. What’s ironic about this factor is that while some communities believe that religious and traditional figures are in control of weather conditions, climate change has a direct and negative impact on these cultures.

Given the broadness and diverse information around climate change, it is vital for Educators to understand the scientific research and historical data around what climate change is, and find effective and efficient educating styles that relay the message to different  audiences, with different understandings of the topic.

While climate change has previously been viewed as a scientific, environmental and political topic, educators have to broaden educating styles on climate change and incorporate the topic in various curriculums.

For example in financial education, mentioning costs of renewable energy on the economy can be centered around climate change, and in food education, educators can highlight the impact of greenhouse gasses on food production. Climate change literally affects our everyday life, the topic can be incorporated into all types of beats including art, geography, politics, sciences and more.

Given that many people still believe that climate change is a surface-level concern that only relates to temperature changes, not grasping the detrimental implications of it on the global economy, health and infrastructure. 

Educational Business Services plans to organize various initiatives to raise awareness about pollution and its correlation with climate change among children. Raising awareness is crucial in educating individuals about these concerns, particularly those who are unaware of the impact of global warming on their daily lives and those who have limited knowledge about it.

Throughout history, humanity has developed a reliance on non-renewable energy sources. The coal and fuel sectors have been driving economies, resulting in job opportunities and supplying concentrated energy that has improved daily life by providing electricity, gas, and oil.

Breaking down psychological, political, academic, cultural, and information structures that individuals have become accustomed to will be necessary in order to re-educate, influence, and shift the mindset of those who have developed this dependency.

Raising awareness is the key factor in educating individuals about climate change, particularly those who may not fully comprehend the effects of global warming on their daily lives and those who are completely unaware of it.

In Lesotho individuals have not encountered severe weather calamities like hurricanes and wildfires.While they may be familiar with these global disasters, they may lack a comprehension of the factors that intensify them, causing these extreme circumstances to seem like a far-off concern.

This lack of knowledge also highlights disparities in education, as people are aware of fluctuating temperatures but may not grasp the influence of atmospheric warming on these changes.

The issue of communication inequality is a major obstacle in raising awareness about climate change. Developed countries like the United States are fortunate to have access to a wealth of information and public awareness campaigns to address this issue. However, many underdeveloped countries lack the necessary resources and initiatives to prioritise climate change as an important topic.

Factors such as economic and civic engagement can present challenges that impede concern and awareness. In numerous developing nations, poverty, political turmoil, and conflicts greatly impact the ability of individuals to prioritize climate change, particularly when they lack understanding of the subject and are solely focused on basic survival.

The sense of urgency and comprehension towards climate change can also be influenced by strong traditional beliefs and religion. Interestingly, some societies attribute weather patterns to religious and traditional figures, yet climate change has a detrimental effect on these very cultures.

With the vast amount of information and diversity surrounding climate change, it is crucial for educators to have a deep understanding of the scientific research and historical data related to the topic. They must also develop effective and efficient teaching methods to convey the message to various audiences, each with their own level of understanding about the subject.

In the past, climate change was mainly seen as a subject related to science, the environment, and politics. However, educators now need to expand their teaching methods to include climate change in different curricula. For instance, in financial education, the focus can be on the economic impact of renewable energy, which is closely linked to climate change. Similarly, in food education, the emphasis can be on the effects of greenhouse gasses on food production. 

As climate change has a direct impact on our daily lives, it can be integrated into various fields such as art, geography, politics, and sciences.

Despite the widespread belief that climate change is merely a superficial issue limited to temperature fluctuations, the devastating consequences it has on the global economy, health, and infrastructure are often overlooked. 

Therefore, it is crucial for educators to use easily understandable language and incorporate visual aids, such as graphs depicting the Earth’s temperature changes over time and videos showcasing recurring extreme disasters, to effectively educate on this topic.

As individuals, we are naturally drawn to narratives that we can personally connect with and that have an impact on our daily existence. Despite the pressing nature of climate change, teachers can introduce the subject with a more positive tone rather than a negative or urgent one. To illustrate, they can highlight the ways in which addressing climate change can lead to cost savings, better health, job creation, and an overall improvement in lifestyle.

It is important that educators use simple terminology when educating on this topic, the use of supporting visuals such as graphs that show changes in the earth’s heating over the decades, and videos of extreme recurring disasters can be effective and easier to understand.

As humans, we are wired to find interest in stories that are relatable and affect our daily lives. While climate change is an urgent matter, educators can introduce the topic using a positive tone instead of a negative or urgent tone. For example, mentioning how combating climate change can help people save money, improve their health, create jobs and improve their lifestyle. While it is an urgent and concerning topic, changing the narrative and feel of the stories could attract and relate to more audiences.

With that said, it is also important that educators graphically teach on what’s at stake, by quoting organisations such as the World Health Organisation on the number of people that get sick and die daily due to climate change, hunger challenges in poor communities and long-term impacts that climate change will have for present and future generations.

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