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We are educators who declare our solidarity with the students’ uprising for climate justice action. Today, the world is the most ‘educated’ it has ever been and yet the nearest to environmental breakdown. It is clearly evident that the ‘progress-and-development’ models of the past – and the existing modern education systems that underpin these models – perpetuate the status quo and its unending goal of economic growth and development, thus aggravating the climate crisis. While we’re not suggesting that the climate crisis can be simply ‘solved’ through more (or better) schooling, we cannot continue to deny the implication of our education systems in the anthropogenic climate crisis we now face.

The idea for the Call to Action emerged from many conversations among researchers and education practitioners from different disciplines about the need for a collective response to the youth climate strikes. The magnitude and urgency of the challenges we face require collaborative efforts of the education sector to address the climate crisis as our key priority. To advance this cause, a core group of educators drafted a Call to Action, gaining support from more than 150  leading educators as initial signatories from across the world.

We are launching the Call to Action on the occasion of the UN Climate Action Summit and the Global Climate Strikes, to express educators’ solidarity with the striking students. We call on our fellow educators globally to join us in supporting students’ uprisings and making urgent changes to the business-as-usual of education – at all levels and across all disciplines.

Join us.

Call to Action Drafting Team

  • Raewyn Connell, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Daniel Fischer, Arizona State University, USA
  • Gustavo Fischman, Arizona State University, USA
  • Charles A. Hopkins, York University, Canada
  • Katrin Kohl, German Commission for UNESCO, Germany
  • Hikaru Komatsu, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Mary Metcalfe, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • David Orr, Oberlin College, USA
  • Jeremy Rappleye, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Iveta Silova, Arizona State University, USA
  • Affrica Taylor, University of Canberra, Australia
  • Antonia Wulff, Education International (EI), the world federation of teacher unions


The Call to Action is signed by individuals and does not necessarily represent the views of their employers.


Thank you to everyone who helped make this initiative possible, especially those who translated the Call to Action, including Byoung-gyu Gong (Korean), Esther do Lago e Pretti (Portuguese), Estève Giraud (French), Hikaru Komatsu (Japanese), Jieyu Jiang (Chinese), Ketevan Chachkhiani and Keti Tsotniashvili (Georgian), Margarita Pivovarova (Russian), Yamini Yogya (Hindi), Yvonne Lujano Vilchis (Spanish), Daniel Fischer (German), Réka Könczey (Hungarian), Radu Ticiu (Romanian), Magda Karjalainen (Polish), and Michela Mayer (Italian). Additional thanks to Janna Goebel for helping to locate the images used on this website. The royalty-free images used here were found on and Thank you to the artists who contributed their work to these sites for public use.

We would like to thank the initial signatories of the Call to Action for their support (listed in alphabetical order):

Jill Adler

University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

German Alvarez

Departamento de Investigaciones Educativas CINVESTAV – IPN, México

Manisha Anantharaman

St Mary’s College, USA

Gary L. Anderson

New York University, USA

Arjun Appadurai

New York University, USA

Michael Apple

University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Cecilia Åsberg

Linköping University, Sweden

Beatrice Avalos Davidson

Universidad de Chile, Chile

Stephen Ball

University College London, UK

Phil Bamber

Liverpool Hope University, UK

Matthias Barth

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Deutschland

Stefan Baumann

Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland

Cathy Beach

A Kids’ Guide to Canada, Canada

Jason Beech

Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina

Aaron Benavot

University of Albany, SUNY, New York, USA

David Berliner

Arizona State University, USA

Andrés Bernasconi

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

Mindy Blaise

Edith Cowan University, Australia

Christopher Boone

Arizona State University, USA

Will Brehm

Waseda University, Japan

Halina Brown

Clark University, USA

Michael Burawoy

University of California, Berkeley, USA

Erica Burman

The University of Manchester, UK

Paul R. Carr

Université du Québec en Outaouais, Canada

Pam Christie

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Raewyn Connell

The University of Sydney, Australia

Gerry Connelly

York University, Canada

Joe Culhane

Portland Community College, USA

Pamela Curtin

Lancaster University, UK

Aklilu Dalelo

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Rico Defila

Universität Basel, Switzerland

Elizabeth De Freitas

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Mathias Demetriades

Den Globala Skolan/Universitets- och Högskolerådet, Sverige

Antonietta Di Giulio

Universität Basel, Switzerland

Donald A. Dippo

York University, Canada

Jana Dlouhá

Univerzita Karlova, Czech Republic

Jen Dollin

RCE Greater Western Sydney, Australia

Thom van Dooren

University of Sydney, Australia

Lorna Down

The University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica

Inés Dussel

Departamento de Investigaciones Educativas CINVESTAV – IPN, México

David Edwards

Education International, Belgium

Ong Eng Tek

Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia

Jo-Anne Ferreira 

Southern Cross University, Australia

Daniel Fischer

Arizona State University, USA

Gustavo Fischman

Arizona State University, USA

Hiroki Fujii

岡山大学 / Okayama University, Japan

Jim Gear


Susan Gesner

GAEL, Canada

Katherine Gibson

Western Sydney University, Australia

Libby Giles

New Zealand Association of Philosophy Teachers

William Goddard

University of Greenwich, UK

Juan Miguel González Velasco

Universidad Mayor de San Andres, Bolivia

Lin Goodwin

Teachers College, Columbia University, USA & The University of Hong Kong

Noel Gough

La Trobe University, Australia

Andréa Gouveia

Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brasil

Donna Haraway

University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Mira Hird

Queens University, Ontario, CA

Charles A. Hopkins

York University, Canada

Tung-Hsing Hsiung


David Hursch

University of Rochester, USA

Maria de Ibarrola

Departamento de Investigaciones Educativas CINVESTAV – IPN, México

Hilary Inwood

University of Toronto, Canada

Alfredo Jornet

Universitetet i Oslo, Norge

Takehiko Kariya

University of Oxford, UK

Douglas D. Karrow

Brock University, Canada

Noah Karvelis

Former Arizona #RedForEd organizer and University of Wisconsin-Madison

Yuto Kitamura

University of Tokyo, Japan

Takeshi Kitazawa

Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan

Katrin Kohl

German Commission for UNESCO, Germany

Hikaru Komatsu

Kyoto University, Japan

Richard Kool

Royal Roads University, Canada

Ole Andreas Kvamme

Universitetet i Oslo, Norge

Barry Law

Otago Polytechnic and Untouched World Foundation, New Zealand

Un Leang


Barbara Leckie

Carleton University, Canada

Keith Lewin

University of Sussex, UK

Detlev Lindau-Bank

Universität Vechta, Germany

Bob Lingard

Australian Catholic University and the University of Queensland, Australia

Gustavo Lopez Ospina

UNESCO Office Quito, Ecuador

Geovana Lunardi

Universidade Estadual de Santa Catarina, Brasil

Antonio Luzón

Universidad de Granada, España

Basil Manuel

National Professional Teachers’ Organization of South Africa, South Africa

Michela Mayer

Italian Association for Sustainability Science, Italy

Marcia McKenzie

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Tristan McCowan

University College London, UK

Hugh McLean

Open Society Foundation, UK

Milton McClaren

Simon Fraser University and Royal Roads University, Canada

Mary Metcalfe

University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Gerd Michelsen

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Deutschland

Zsuzsa Millei

Tampereen yliopisto, Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu, Suomi

Paul Morris

University College London, UK

Heinz-Dieter Meyer 

University of Albany, SUNY, New York, USA

Jordan Naidoo

UNESCO, France

Robbie Nicol

University of Edinburgh, UK

Kai Niebert

Universität Zürich, Switzerland

Antonio Novoa

University of Lisbon, Portugal

David Orr

Oberlin College, USA

Mary Otieno

Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya

Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw

Western University, Canada

Phillip G Payne

Monash University, Australia

Roger Petry

RCE Saskatchewan and University of Regina, Canada

Oren Pizmony-Levy

Teachers College, Columbia University, USA

Damjana Potočnik

The Learning Teacher Network, Slovenia

Peter Posch

Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria

Jeremy Rappleye

Kyoto University, Japan

Baela Raza Jamil

Idara-e- Taleem-o-Aagahi Centre of Education and Consciousness, Pakistan پاکستان۔

Dzulkifli Abdul Razak

International Islamic University of Malaysia, Malaysia

Jenny Ritchie

Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika – Victoria University of Wellington, NZ

Jessica Ringrose

University College London, UK

Fazal Rizvi

University Melbourne, Australia

Libby Robin

Australian National University, Australia

Debra Rowe

Oakland Community College, USA

Elaine Rubinoff

Learning for a Sustainable Future, Canada

Connie Russell

Lakehead University, Canada

Sandra Sales

Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Ilga Salīte

Daugavpils Universitāte, Latvija

Mirriam Sampa-Moonga

University of Zambia, Zambia

Craig N. Shealy

James Madison University, USA

Ulf Schrader

Technische Universität Berlin, Deutschland

Pamela Schwartzberg

Learning for a Sustainable Future, Canada

Iveta Silova

Arizona State University, USA

John Siraj-Blatchford

University of Plymouth, UK

Christine Stayte

San Silvestre School, Peru

Kim Smith

Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network, USA

Faye Snodgress

Kappa Delta Pi, USA

Noah Sobe

Loyola University Chicago, USA

Margaret Somerville

University of Notre Dame, Australia

Stephen Sterling

University of Plymouth, UK

Martin Storcksdiek

Oregon State, USA

Beth Blue Swadener

Arizona State University, USA

Keita Takayama


Affrica Taylor

University of Canberra, Australia

Kariya Takehiko

University of Oxford, UK

Mark Terry

York University, Canada

Victoria Thoresen

Høgskolen i Innlandet, Norge

Leon Tikly

University of Bristol, UK

Shepherd Urenje

Uppsala University, Sweden

Philip Vergragt

Tellus Institute, USA

Arnd Wächter

Crossing Borders Education, USA

Reinhold Wagnleitner

Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg, Austria

Arjen Wals

Wageningen University and Research Centre, Nederland

Christine Wamsler

Lunds Universitet, Sverige

Joel Westheimer

University of Ottawa, Canada

David Blake Willis

Fielding Graduate University, USA

John Willinsky

Stanford University, USA

Antonia Wulff

Education International (EI), Belgium

Shoko Yamada


Jonathan Yee

RCE Saskatchewan, Canada

Atsufumi Yokoi

岡山大学, 日本

David Zandvliet

Simon Fraser University, Canada

Michalinos Zembylas

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