The Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Education (MECCE) Project

Effective education and communication are fundamental to overcoming climate change denial, increasing climate literacy, and supporting climate action. 

However, we currently lack clear understandings of effective climate change education and communication (CCEC) globally across K–12 and higher education, government, civil society, business, media, and communications sectors. We also lack global benchmarks and targets to support intergovernmental processes to increase climate change education across sectors. 

As the climate crisis is fuelled by ongoing climate change denial and inertia, MECCE responds to these gaps with an ambitious international research-based partnership of over 80 leading scholars and agencies.

Established in 2020, MECCE is a $2.5 million, Partnership Grant funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and over $2 million in partner contributions. 

MECCE’s goal is to advance global climate literacy and action through improving the quality and quantity of climate change education, training, and public awareness.

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Research

MECCE’s Research Program Comprises Three Interrelated Axes

MECCE will support the building of a more educated and aware global citizenry to propel critical and much-needed climate change action and mitigation through three interrelated Axes of activities:

  • Axis 1: Case Studies will build a repository of case studies from around the world to generate novel understandings of quality climate change education via 4 Knowledge Syntheses Studies, 50-70 Country Cases/Profiles, and 30 Qualitative Case Studies.
  • Axis 2: Indicator Development will develop new monitoring indicators and datasets to support improved global climate change target-setting and monitoring by developing, validating, and refining datasets and indicator measures; collecting and analyzing global indicator data; and mobilizing indicators with in intergovernmental processes.
  • Axis 3: Knowledge Mobilization will impact intergovernmental and national policy makers, and education and communications audiences with MECCE’s research outputs via unique learning products such as Learning Institutes, a Digital Research Environment, and Targeted Communications; scholarly publications; a global Regional Hub Network; and global Student Lab Meetings.

Impact

The importance of climate change education and communication is recognized as a priority in the Paris Agreement and the United Nations 2030 Agenda, including through the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2018, an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report warned we had only 12 years to prevent catastrophic climate change and spotlighted education as essential.

MECCE’s world-class team also brings the extensive reach required to impact intergovernmental and national policy makers, and education and communications audiences with its research outputs.

Ultimately, MECCE’s research outputs will accelerate intergovernmental target-setting and progress on climate change education and communication, improve policy and practice across sectors and countries, increase climate leadership globally, and close global gaps in climate literacy and action. MECCE’s work will:

  • Generate new understandings of quality climate change education, training, and public awareness based on synthesized literature and case studies
  • Make recommendations on target-setting for climate change education to inform intergovernmental and national policy-making
  • Advance intergovernmental negotiations on climate change education by developing monitoring indicators and robust data collection processes
  • Increase the quantity of effective climate change education policy and practice
  • Increase scholarly understandings and capacity on climate change education
  • Train a new generation of climate change education leaders and researchers
  • Harness and advance leadership on climate change education

The MECCE Partnership Team

MEECE’s leadership includes Director Dr. Marcia McKenzie; Associate Director Dr. Christina Kwauk; Project Manager Ms. Nicola Chopin; and project component leads, Drs. Heila Lotz-Sisitka and Aaron Benavot. Advisory Committee members include the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

MECCE’s Governance Structure

Partners and Collaborators

Advisory Committee
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Academic Partners
Freie Universität Berlin
Monash University
Rhodes University
University at Albany—State University of New York
University of Cambridge
University of Melbourne
University of Saskatchewan

Academic Collaborators
Columbia University
Stanford University
Tokai University
Universität Leipzig
Université du Québec à Montréal
University of Bristol
Universidad Veracruzana
Wageningen University
Organizational Partners
Canadian Commission for UNESCO
Centre for Environment Education
Climate Action Network
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Foundation for Environmental Education
International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement
International Association of Universities
International Institute for Sustainable Development
North American Association for Environmental Education
Sulitest
Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development
UNESCO International Bureau of Education
UNESCO International Institute for Information Technologies in Education

Organizational Collaborators
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Climate Outreach
Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges
Manitoba Education
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
UNFCCC-Education, Communication and Outreach

Related Resources

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