Project

Objectives

The project aims to identify, through a consultative mechanism, most relevant curricula and efficient pedagogical tools, and outreach and citizen science programs to study the impact of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem function and services and human health and diseases; and ways to address these problems in the coming years.

What makes the project unique is its focus on those education and citizen-science modules that are locally rooted yet globally relevant for much wider outreach. The project aims to integrate relevant education and science communication modules in the education system to help future citizens across the globe in improving their understanding of the science of climate change and in developing necessary skills to mitigate its impact.

Leader: Prof. L.S. Shashidhara

Duration: 2017-2019, supported beyond 2019

The projet has been funded by the International Science Council (ISC) during its initial phase (2017-2019).

 

About

TROP ICSU: Climate Change Education across the Curricula, across the Globe

Together with the International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA) IUBS is the leading the Climate Change Education project TROP ICSU. The project was funded by the International Science Council (ISC) during the first phase 2017-2019.

Importance

Understanding the dynamics of Earth’s ecosystem and identifying measures to sustain it for the future requires immediate action with multidisciplinary approaches. Research efforts to identify key factors that affect the biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services need to be scaled up substantially and rapidly, requiring a whole new generation of multidisciplinary scientists/policy makers/administrators, whose education should start now. Educating forthcoming generations about the causes and effects of global climate change is also imperative as implementing solutions depends on an informed public. In this context, we need to develop education and science communication modules in such a way that every future citizen would be better equipped to identify appropriate solutions for sustainable and equitable development.

TROP ICSU Collection of Teaching, Learning Resources

TROP ICSU's collection of innovative educational resources, with detailed step-by-step descriptions for use in regular lectures, are designed and packaged so that teachers in schools and colleges/Universities across the world can use them to

  1. introduce examples and case studies from climate science and climate change while enhancing the conceptual understanding of topics in the Sciences, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and other disciplines
  2. impart interdisciplinary training that is essential for research on climate change.

These teaching resources are locally rooted in their context, but globally relevant for their science.

Links with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

TROP ICSU maps its goals with SDG4 (Quality Education) and SDG13 (Climate Action).

TROP ICSU also aligns with the Action Plan of UNESCO to promote Education for Sustainable Development.

Websites and Contact :

https://tropicsu.org/ ; https://climatescienceteaching.org/

tropicsu@iubs.org

 


TROP ICSU at Global Events

TROP ICSU continues to strengthen its alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of Quality Education (SDG 4) and Climate Action (SDG 13) via  opportunities to present our educational efforts at different events organized by United Nations. The project was represented at following events:

  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) at Madrid, Spain
  • UN High Level Political Forum 2019 at UNHQ, New York
  • 4th UN Science, Technology and Innovation Forum 2019 at UNHQ, New York
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) at Katowice, Poland

More information here.


TROP ICSU Websites and YouTube Channel

https://tropicsu.org/

https://climatescienceteaching.org/

TROP ICSU YouTube Channel

 


News
26 Feb 2020 · Education and Outreach · Climate Education

TROP ICSU accomplishments featured by ISC

The TROP ICSU project has been funded by the International Science  Council (ISC) during the first phase (2017-2019). The accomplishments of TROP ICSU, feedback from various stake-holders and future plans have been featured by ISC in an online article published in February 2020. Representative feedback received from various stake-holders such as participants of educators workshops, undergraduate students, members of partner unions and the motive behind the TROP ICSU project are included in this article. The article can be found here.

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02 Feb 2020 · Report

TROP ICSU Consolidated Report

The exciting first phase (2017-2019) of the TROP ICSU project ended with the year 2019.  The accomplishments of TROP ICSU project during this phase and future plans are presented in this consolidated report.

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16 Dec 2019 · Education and Outreach · Climate Education

TROP ICSU at COP25 Madrid, Spain

The TROP ICSU project was represented at three sessions on climate education at the UN Climate Change Conference COP 25, held in Madrid from 2 December to 13 December 2019 under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and with logistical support from the Government of Spain.

TROP ICSU was invited to participate in 3 sessions on climate education at COP 25: at the IPCC-WMO pavilion, at the EU pavilion, and at the French pavilion.

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15 Oct 2019 · Education and Outreach · Event

TROP ICU: Third Working Group Meeting

The third TROP ICSU Working Group Meeting was held at the French Academy of Sciences (Académie des sciences, Institut de France), Paris, France on October 14 and 15, 2019. The meeting was attended by 21 participants, including Working Group members, collaborators, partners, and the Implementation Team members. Over two days, the project and its implementation were presented and reviewed, suggestions for further enhancement were discussed, and possible ideas for the continuation of the project in its next phase beyond December 2019 were discussed.

(Photo: IUBS)

 

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12 Jul 2019 · Education and Outreach · Climate Education

TROP ICSU at UN High Level Political Forum

IUBS Climate Change Education Project TROP ICSU  participated at the United Nations High Level Political Forum 2019 (HLPF 2019) on Sustainable Development at the United Nations Headquarters on 11 July 2019 in a three-hour joint session with the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and Harvard University. This session is titled "Practices and Approaches on quality education towards environment and climate action."

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24 May 2019 · Education and Outreach · Climate Education · Australia

TROP ICSU Workshops in Australia

The TROP ICSU team will conduct three teachers workshop in  Australia in May 2019. The first workshop will be conducted on 24th May with Monash University, the second one on 27 May with University of Melbourne and the third workshop will be conducted on 30th and 31st May with University of Adelaide.

(Image credit: Encyclopedia Britannica)

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21 May 2019 · Education and Outreach · Climate Education

TROP ICSU at UN Science, Technology and Innovation Forum 2019

TROP ICSU was represented in two side events at the Forth Science, Technology and Innovation Forum for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 14th and 15th may 2019, held at United Nations Headquarters New York.

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20 Apr 2019 · Education and Outreach · Climate Education · South Africa

TROP ICSU Workshop for teachers at South Africa

The TROP ICSU team conducted a teachers workshop in Pretoria, South Africa in April 2019. This workshop was conducted in collaboration with our partner International Science Council – Regional Office for Africa (ISC-ROA).    

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14 Feb 2019 · Education and Outreach · Climate Education

TROP ICSU: Climate and Pedagogy Workshop for Teachers at Bhutan, Asia

The TROP ICSU team conducted a workshop for teachers at Bhutan on 14th-15th February 2019, in collaboration with Center for Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Development Studies (CDRR&CDS), Royal University of Bhutan, Rinchending, Bhutan and Commission on Education and Outreach, IASPEI. Over 60 high school and undergraduate colleges/university teachers from Bhutan participated in this workshop.

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27 Nov 2018 · Education and Outreach

Climate Change and Pedagogy Workshop at Uganda

The TROP ICSU team conducted a workshop for teachers at Kampala, Uganda, in November 2018 with enthusiastic and valuable support from our partner, the African Union of Conservationists (AUC).  Over 60 high school teachers and over 70 university teachers participated in the workshop. 

 

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16 Oct 2018 · Education and Outreach · Climate Education · Event

The first TROP ICSU workshop for teachers was held in collaboration with Sri Venkateswara College (University of Delhi), New Delhi, India, on October 13 and 14, 2018. The objective of the workshop was to introduce the participants to digital teaching resources for teaching topics in the Sciences, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Humanities using climate-related examples, case studies, and activities.

In addition, participants would be invited to review the educational resources of the TROP ICSU project and to provide their feedback on the appropriateness and ease-of-use of the teaching tools and lesson plans.

80 undergraduate-level teachers participated in the workshop.

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05 Jun 2018 · Education and Outreach · Project

Survey on climate science in the classrooms of the world

The TROP ICSU project (Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding) is conducting a preliminary survey to understand how topics in climate science are currently discussed in the classroom in different parts of the world. It would take approximately 8-10 minutes to complete the short survey available in several languages (English, Catalàn, Chinese, Français, Deutsch, Hindi, Italiano, Japanese, Español).

Please participate in the Survey:

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Partner Organisations in TROP ICSU Project

International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA) - Co-leader in the project

International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS)

International Mathematical Union (IMU)

International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)

International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)

International Union for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST)

International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) 

IMAGINARY

Committee on Data for Science and Technology of ICSU (CODATA)

ICSU Regional Office for Africa (ICSU-ROA) 

Indian National Science Academy (INSA) 

Mongolian Academy of Sciences (MAS) 

National Research Foundation - South Africa (NRF)

Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja (UTPL)

Australian Academy of Science (AAS) 

National Committee of Egypt

UNESCO

World Climate Research Program (WCRP)

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Young Earth System Scientists community (YESS)

 

Educators Workshops and Events

The objective of the TROP ICSU project is to equip students across the world to identify solutions for sustainable and equitable development in the context of climate change. With this objective in mind, the team aims to introduce the collection of digital teaching resources on the TROP ICSU website to teachers of various disciplines or subjects (Science, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Humanities) through workshops organized in different countries. These workshops are being planned and organized with valuable support from the project partners and collaborators. 

The map shows locations of various events organized or participated in by TROP ICSU.

More information is available here.