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Communicating climate change and energy issues to children: The Schools at University for Climate and Energy – ‘SAUCE’ –programme

Author(s) Watts, N. & Annette Piening, A.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
This paper describes the experience of the European project Schools at University for Climate and Energy – SAUCE – and reflects on its development and results. For this project eight European partners developed an out-of-school educational model, which brings schoolchildren aged 10-13 years and their teachers to the universities to teach them about the scientific, social, and political dimensions of climate change and energy use patterns. Bringing together a diverse mix of representatives of the local community of knowledge on education for sustainable development (KESD), the interdisciplinary programmes provide a wealth of approaches and examples to follow for educators interested in teaching the topics of energy and climate change. At the same time, the participating universities provide first examples of how sustainability goals may reshape the universities’ role in the community. Keywords: university and community, education for sustainable development (ESD), climate change, energy education, energy-efficient behaviour, kids’/children’s university

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