Climate Change and Education in the Middle East


While political violence is one thing happening in the Middle East, climate change and its influence on children’s education have started to gain interest ever since World Bank published its report “Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4’C Warmer World Must be Avoided” in 2012. The reason why environmental education is becoming an important agenda is because the rising temperature and the resulting natural disasters are seriously affecting schools in Arabian nations such as Egypt, Algeria, and Saudi Arabia.

Of course, global warming is a phenomenon that can be observed all over the world, but the scorching heat and temporary stops in the electricity flow in the Arab world often disrupt students from attending school. With extreme weather, school buildings may even be destroyed. If such damages due to the changing climate continue to happen, students will not be able to learn effectively as there will be too many interruptions and hindrances. Consequently, at this rate, it may be harder for Arabian students to gain much from education even if they put in much more effort compared to students living in other regions.

 In order to minimize damages caused by climate change, infrastructures that will be less affected by natural conditions are being designed. On the other hand, Arabians are also very well aware that educating their students about climate change will also help to solve problems in the long run. As mentioned in Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, “education, training and public awareness are integral to climate change responses.” Currently, programs are being planned to teach students the importance of sustainable development as well as awareness of preserving the environment so that Arabian nations could better cope with various challenges posed by natural settings. 


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Struggles For Recognition As The First 'Climate Refugee'

37-Year-Old Kiribatian Man Claims There's No Hope Back In His Country


Rise of the sea level and loss of place to live because of it. Kiribati, a small islands country on Pacific Ocean is now on the verge of its life as a nation. Climate specialists outlook the islands could be no more existing by 2030 since it is now floating only a few feet above the sea.

Where the people of Kiribati should go? Recently, a Kiribitian man is trying his way to get the solution for this unanswered question. Ioane Teitota, 37, came to the New Zealand in 2007 with his wife, where their 3 children were born. He refuses to go back to Kiribati, saying there's no hope. While his stay, he has asked the immigration authority to get himself and his family to be recognized as official refugee, which have been also declined since they were not acknowledged to be threatened by human interaction.

Then Michael Kidd, on 16 October, Teitota's lawyer and human-rights specialist said that he would argue against New Zealand High court to claim Teitota's right as a climate refugee. He insisted that it is being well-proved that the climate change, which is causing the rise of the sea level, is provoked by human action and the laws regulating the refugee's right are to be changed since they were mainly introduced after the World War II.

Bill Hodge, a law specialist, sees Teitota is not likely to win the case, however the pressure on the other countries to reconsider the refugee right harmed by the climate change, especially for those living in the Pacific Islands will added as people like him start to act.

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