Special Issue "Interactions between Climate Science and Education"

A special issue of Climate (ISSN 2225-1154).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2023 | Viewed by 676

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Enzo Ferrari
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Department of Mathematics and Science Education of Salamanca University, 37008 Salamanca, Spain
Interests: climate change education; climate competence; research methods in social science; data visualization
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Dr. Fernando Martínez-Abad
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Department of Didactics, Organization and Research Methods, University of Salamanca, 37008 Salamanca, Spain
Interests: school effectiveness; climate competence; research methods in education; educational assessment
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Dr. Camilo Ruiz
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Department of Mathematics and Science Education of Salamanca University, 37008 Salamanca, Spain
Interests: climate change education; ultrafast optics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to contribute to the Special Issue “Interactions between Climate Science and Education”, which will be published by Climate.

During the last 10 years we have witnessed alarming climate records and numerous examples of how climate change affects our societies. We need to investigate from a multidisciplinary perspective how it affects the social system and expose evidence of these interactions.

Although a large number of studies are advancing in this direction, we believe that there is a need to address the correlations between climate and education.

Education is a fundamental right, but educational systems, their infrastructure, students and school communities are and will be affected by the climate crisis. A recent study exposes the correlation between heat exposure and the rate of skill formation, and it shows that the rate of learning decreases as the number of hot days grows. The camp fire of 2018 in California resulted in the loss of more than 80 lives, but it also destroyed schools and students’ homes, and due to the smoke, many schools had to be closed, subsequently impacting 1.1 million students. Hurricane Maria of 2017 destroyed a large portion of the scholar infrastructure in Puerto Rico, and children were moved to different states in the USA, significantly impacting the lives of the students and their families. These are examples of how climate is affecting education in a fundamental way.

While the importance of education as a fundamental tool to increase awareness and preparedness is well recognized and studied, we need to investigate further the impact of climate on education.

This issue will focus on studies regarding how to use earth, atmospheric and climate sciences to improve climate change education and how climate change is impacting the educational systems and their communities around the world.

Dr. Enzo Ferrari
Dr. Fernando Martínez-Abad
Dr. Camilo Ruiz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Climate is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Climate change
  • Education
  • Climate
  • Correlation
  • Association

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Naturally enough? Children, Climate Anxiety and the Audacity of Hope
Authors: John Buchanan
Author Affiliations: University of Technology Sydney
Abstract: Climate change is causing considerable anxiety among young people, who may feel that they have little opportunity to respond to it, but who will bear the greatest associated burdens in their lifetimes. In this paper, we investigate the problem, citing recent literature and exemplars of good practice, and propose responses, framed by pedagogies of hope. We draw parallels between three elements of a pedagogy of hope (goals, pathway thinking, and agency), and outcomes-based pedagogy, with its intended outcomes, means to achieve them, and associated support, including confidence-building. As part of this support and pathways, we explore the capacity for young people to take action. We conclude with some considerations, recommendations and implications for educators seeking to engage students in climate change education. Drawing foremost on an Australian context, we invoke some of the Australian Curriculum’s General capabilities, and offer a note of caution in terms of curricula’s capacity to build confidence. From our findings, we expand ‘communities of practice’ to include: communities of protection and preservation, of protest and pro-activity, and of promise.
Tentative Submission Date: 31/10/2021
First name: John
Last name: Buchanan
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