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We are what we teach: 5 ways that education can be re-wired for nature

Join us on 2 March 2022 at 18:30-19:30 EAT (GMT+3) for the virtual UNEA side event: “We are what we teach: 5 ways education can be re-wired for nature.” Register here.

This event will present 5 cutting edge ideas as to how Universities, student leaders, Olympic sports, the Scout movement and the video gaming industry are all acting to protect and defend nature.

Following their presentations, there will be an exclusive discussion between ministers of education and high-level government representatives from across the globe to build out a broader plan for nature. Adam McKay, the film director of Don’t Look Up, will share his valuable insight on what must come next.

More details can be found below:

We will tackle the most challenging yet urgent topics to help realize the climate and nature secure future we need. Ideas will be shared around:

  1. What do students want from their education? Youth from Teach the Future and MOCK COP will share what young people are calling for around education for nature in order to prepare them for the sustainable future we need.
  2. How can universities play their part? The new Nature Positive Universities Alliance, led by the University of Oxford, is calling for universities to reduce the biodiversity impact of their supply chains and land use by joining the movement – 300 universities have already expressed interest in reducing their impact on nature.
  3. How can sports deliver for nature? The environmental activist and british rower, Melissa Wilson, along with the International Olympic Committee will talk about the unrivaled influence of sport and the development of a major new Sport for Nature programme.
  4. How can some of the biggest youth movements in the world take action? The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) will explain how their Earth Tribe platform seeks to advance education for nature by bringing all environmental badges into one space.
  5. How can we make use of popular mediums such as video games to reach people where they are? Playing for the Planet Alliance member Ubisoft will show how gaming is being rewired in support of the environment.

This will then be followed by a unique discussion among ministers and government representatives from Malawi, Indonesia and the UK, to reflect on how they are working to change what we teach.

Finally,  Adam McKay, the Director of “Don’t Look Up,” will share his thoughts on how youth can take action for nature and the climate.


  • Adam McKay, Academy Award-winning Writer, Director and Producer – “Don’t Look Up” Director
  • Agnes NyaLonje, Minister of Education, Malawi
  • Baroness Barran, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister of School System, United Kingdom
  • Mr. Anindito Aditomo, Head of Agency for Standard, Curriculum, and Education Assessment, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia
  • Sonja Leighton Kone, Acting Deputy Executive Director, UNEP
  • Melissa Wilson, Environmental Activist and British Rower, Co-Founder of Athletes of the World
  • Zamzam Ibrahim, Vice President, European Students’ Union
  • Shreya K.C, Climate Justice Activist, MOCK COP
  • Karis Micntyre, Youth Representative, Teach the Future
  • Emily Stott, Nature Positive Universities Alliance Coordinator, University of Oxford
  • Julie Duffus, Olympic Movement Senior Sustainability Manager, International Olympic Committee
  • Grecia Bárcena, Youth Representative, World Organization of the Scout Movement
  • Kek Hian Leng, Youth Representative, World Organization of the Scout Movement
  • Olivier Dauba, VP Games To Life, Ubisoft
  • Siiri Mäkelä, Associate Expert, UNEP
  • Sam Barratt, Chief of Youth, Education and Advocacy, UNEP

Don’t miss this important event – join us on 2 March. Register here!