Canada, Climate Change and Education: Opportunities for Public and Formal Education

Dr. Ellen Field, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University and Learning for a Sustainable Future have collaborated on the implementation of a national climate change education survey. 

The nationwide study of 3,196 Canadians entitled, Canada, Climate Change and Education: Opportunities for Public and Formal Education, establishes benchmarks  of Canadians’ knowledge and understanding of climate change, their perspectives on the importance of climate change and its risks, and views on the role of schools and climate change education. It also provides the first comprehensive snapshot of climate change educational practice in Canada.  The results are presented both nationally and from provincial/regional jurisdictions.  

The report paints a broad picture of Canadians’ understanding of climate change. It reveals that Canadians are deeply concerned about climate change, and  desire more education about the issue, both inside and outside of schools. Schools and curricula, the study revealed, are falling short of Canadians’ expectations for learning about climate change. Visit the Executive Summary or the National Report to learn more about the survey findings.

View the Executive summary

View the National Report  

View the press release

See the regional reports:

Canada, Climate Change and Education Summary Video includes perspectives from the authors, educators, students, parents and the public. Thank you to the Ivey Foundation for their support. Watch the full video here. 

Global News - Majority of Canadians believe climate change education falling short of expectations: study

Education Canada - Climate Change Education in the Canadian Classroom: Perspectives, teaching practice, and possibilities 

Pamela Schwartzberg, President and CEO, has been the lead from Learning a Sustainable Future and Dr. Paul Berger, Graduate Research Chair, Lakehead University, has supervised and co-authored this study. Data collection and initial analysis was managed by Leger Research Intelligence.

Thank you to the students ages 12-18, parents of K-12 students, teachers/administrators, and members of the general public who participated in this extensive survey. Thank you to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Lakehead University, the Ivey Foundation, HP Canada, and the Heart of Gold Foundation who have provided financial support of this initiative.  Thank you also to the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and their members, the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, and the numerous organizations across Canada that circulated the survey

If you have any questions about the survey please contact:

Pamela Schwartzberg
President and CEO
Learning for a Sustainable Future

Ellen Field
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow & Contract Faculty
Faculty of Education
Lakehead University 

Paul Berger
Chair, Graduate Studies and Research in Education
Faculty of Education
Lakehead University

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