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Climate Change Literacy to Combat Climate Change and Its Impacts

  • Julie D. JohnstonEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71063-1_31-1

Synonyms

Definitions

Literacy

UNESCO (2004) defines literacy as “the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts […] enabling individuals to achieve their goals to develop their knowledge and potential and to participate fully in their community and wider society” (p. 13). Literacy can also be defined as competence or knowledge in a specific area.

Climate Change Literacy

If literacy can be defined as competence or knowledge in a specific area, then climate change literacy is competence or knowledge in the area of climate change, its impacts, and its solutions. The goals of climate change education entail:

that the learner has an understanding of the basic science of climate and climate change; that people and organizations can make informed decisions; and that our behavior changes to a degree that we are not causing the climate...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Roads UniversityVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Sustainability Education CoachGreenHeart EducationPender IslandCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Anabela Marisa Azul
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Neuroscience and Cell BiologyUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal