It is getting hot. Call for education systems to respond to the climate crisis. Perspectives from East Asia and the Pacific

The climate crisis is a reality in East Asia and the Pacific. The region is already one of the most vulnerable to climate-related disasters, with half of the population directly affected every year by floods, droughts and storms (UNISDR, 2019). Increasing temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and rising sea levels will add to current vulnerabilities. Scientific evidence shows that the frequency, intensity and duration of extreme events will increase – it will, therefore, be important to ‘climate-proof’ the education sector to ensure that it can adapt to a changing climate and protect its hard-earned gains in children’s education and learning.

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