Highlighted Virtual Workshop

Charting an SDG 4.7 Roadmap for Radical, Transformative Change in the Midst of Climate Breakdown

Featuring a keynote speech by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute

April 29, 2020
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The purpose of this workshop is to build off of the Brookings report and to bring together stakeholders from the fields of ESD, GCED, GE, and HR education to begin laying out a shared vision, or roadmap, for the global education sector in climate action. The aim is that this workshop will serve as a launching pad for a series of working meetings over the course of 2020 for those who express interest at the workshop to continue being engaged. The working meetings will culminate in an edited volume focused on education and climate action.

Workshop Organizers

Radhika Iyengar, Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University

Christina Kwauk, Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution



Jahnavi Bhatt to inspire us with a poem recitation


Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute presents his vision on integrating SDG 4.7 with climate change.

Part 1

9:40 -9:50

Christina Kwauk presents the Brooking Institution Report specifically highlighting the 5 Roadblocks in Education. (See full report here)



Entry points to systems transformation needed for radical climate action by education systems

Nidhi Thakur, Professor Kean University, New Jersey

Bob Jickling, Professor Emeritus, Lakehead University

Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Professor, Rhodes University

Jeffrey Schlegelmilch, Deputy Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) , The Earth Institute


Policy and Advocacy

Reorienting monitoring & accountability mechanisms and the incentive structures of our current education systems

Adriana Valenzuela, UNFCCC

Priyadarshani Joshi, Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, UNESCO

Frank Neopold, NOAA

Jess Cooke, Plan International


Non-profits and Think Tanks

Role of Think Tanks and NGOs that integrate education and Climate: Successes, challenges

Caroline Lewis, Founder and Senior Climate Advisor, CLEO Institute

Kartikeya Sarabhai, Centre for Environment Education, India

Ellen Chigwanda, Advocacy Advisor for Education, CARE USA

Anna Bertmar Khan, Deputy Director of Programs, Dubai Cares

Part 2


School Teacher’s Perspective

What support do teachers require to take the leap toward radical, transformative teaching and learning for climate action?

William Bertolotti, Plainedge High School, New York

Elisa Hartwig, The Green School Antigua

Abby Ruskey, Fellow in Complex Systems Management at UC-Merced


Local organizations/Community organizing, US-domestic and international

Local action at the township level: Evidence of what has worked and what are some roadblocks to building community leaders/action at the grassroots

Priya Patel, Chair Millburn School Green Team and also Member Millburn Environmental Commission

Vanita Gangwal, Convener Millburn Climate Action Group

John Mugabo, Millennium Promise Staff in Rwanda

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, Editor, Pacific Environment Weekly, Samoa


Youth Perspective and their Communications

What do students want to see happen in schools and communities and how best to communicate these actions/ideas

Aalok Bhatt, Millburn High School, New Jersey

Vidya Bindal, Millburn Middle School, New Jersey

Srinivas Akula, community-based education coordinator, Telangana, India

Sahana Ghosh, Climate Reporter Mongabay India

11:50 – 11:55

Wrap up & next steps

11:55 – 12:00

Program ends

Gopal Patel, Director Bhumi Project, reads out quotes from the Bhagavad Gita on sustainability

Radhika Iyengar has a Ph.D. (with distinction) in Economics of Education from Teachers College at Columbia University in 2011. She holds an Associate Research Scholar’s position at the Center for Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. With her team of experts, she leads education and gender projects in multiple Sub-Saharan countries as well as in South Asia. Dr. Iyengar also oversees multi-country research projects on language literacy and environmental education, promoting and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals for Education and Gender. Her research interests are in conducting evaluation of educational programs and international educational development.

Christina Kwauk is a fellow in the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. Her current research focuses on gender equality in education, 21st century skills and youth empowerment, and education and climate change. Christina is co-author (with Gene Sperling and Rebecca Winthrop) of What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence for the World’s Best Investment. She has published on girls’ life skills education, gender in education and climate policies, and sport for development. Christina also manages the Echidna Global Scholars Program and previously served as chair of the Girls CHARGE initiative. Christina holds a PhD in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota, a MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a BS in Psychology from Sewanee: The University of the South.