Climate, Censorship and Culture Wars: Climate Ed. In A Time of Global Backlash – Online Webinar

Join us for a Webinar on censorship/climate ed. featuring an international panel of experts 

On Wednesday 21st February

At 4pm GMT 


Webinar details:

2023 marked a perilous year for climate-concerned educators around the world. According to PEN America, the U.S. has seen the spread of “state-level legislation [that facilitates] a chilled climate in public education.” The chief aim of such legislation is to shape classroom discussions on race, gender, and increasingly, climate change. These efforts have both mirrored and differed from disputes in Europe, where governments have criminalized and censored many forms of climate protest and advocacy on university campuses. 

All around the world, educators are asking: 

How do we navigate this work when climate education is increasingly politicized and censored in our schools? 

How do we educate the next generation of climate leaders within this context of global backlash?

It’s imperative we think through these questions. That’s why Worldwide Climate and Justice Education Week and Black Mountains College have joined forces to co-host and organize a Webinar with expert educators from the U.S. and U.K.



During this Webinar, we will be joined by James Dyke (Associate Professor in Earth Systems Science, the University of Exeter) who has both navigated these questions himself, and conducted crucial research on the role of the university during our time of Climate Crisis. With him, we will explore valuable strategies for how to continue the necessary work ahead.

We will also be joined by Blake Touchet (Science Education Specialist, National Center for Science Education (NCSE)) who has taught middle school, high school, and undergraduate biology and environmental sciences in Louisiana, most recently serving as Science Master Teacher for Lafayette Parish School District. He has worked on state and district committees for developing curricula, assessments, and mentoring science teachers. With NCSE, Touchet helps further NCSE’s mission of helping educators teach accurately on climate and evolution. In addition, he supports NCSE’s mission to block threats to science education in the U.S.

Both speakers will share their analysis of this moment in their respective countries, and share strategies for how to navigate these ongoing challenges.

This event is organized by Bard College, who have worked with institutions around the world to organize creative, interdisciplinary climate education events and in-class activities for their global initiative, Worldwide Climate and Justice Education Week. It also organized and hosted by Black Mountains College, a new college in Wales founded in response to the climate and ecological emergency.For any questions, please email Tobias Hess (



The challenges facing climate educators are steep, but there are people working on the forefront of this issue who can teach us valuable lessons about how to navigate this difficult terrain. Together, in a global community of educators, we can form new connections and take away key learnings from our colleagues from around the globe.




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