Directly concerned in its current practices and those of the future, agricultural education is strongly mobilized in the face of the challenge that climate change represents. Dependent on agriculture in its activities, agriculture, the food industry and the forest must adapt themselves to climate change. Agricultural education has seized on these subjects through education made available to future citizens and professionals in the domain of agriculture.
Education to mitigate and adapt to climate change
Starting at the beginning of the 2015 school year, educational resources titled “ Agriculture and climate change” have been provided free of charge on the website Educagri éditions. The goal is to collectively answer to the challenge of climate change in agriculture through education of learners to give them the capacity to become actors in the implementation of durable solutions for the world. The distribution of these supports is accompanied by education sessions for the teacher in the fall of 2015.
During the fall, regional conferences have been organized to present the issues of the COP21 negotiations, as well as the possible solutions that agriculture and forests offer to the global problem of climate change. Beyond these presentations, the goal is to favor initiatives by local actors in the domains of agriculture and the forest, and also to share the actions currently being taken place or that still need to be done.
Agricultural education networks and schools in action
The Educating about Citizenship and International Solidarity Network and the Education and Sustainable Development in Agricultural Education Network encourage schools and youth in school to take actions linked to the theme of “agriculture and climate change,” while themed networks that are more centered on technological workshops at the schools relay the research results and developments related to climate change.
From November 25 to 27, a gathering of 150 young eco-responsible young people from agricultural education will show off a number of initiative lead for and by agricultural education in the name of the climate. For these three days, they can discuss their engagements related to climate change with a view of contributing to the COP21