Breakout session | Stage 3

Host: World’s Largest Lesson

Education is so central for facilitating development that each one of the 17 SDGs includes a target which relates to or depends upon learning and education. Yet education curricula still remain rooted in the past. If we want to find solutions for the climate and environmental crisis and build a sustainable future, then we need to urgently redesign our education systems. This panel discussion will explore action-focused education for climate change through the eyes of young people, decision makers and educators from both the formal and informal sector. It will suggest ways in which climate education can shift our perspective, and leverage the creativity and innovation of young people to solve the problems that they were not responsible for creating.



Alison Bellwood - Moderator
Director World's Largest Lesson at Project Everyone
Alison is the creator and director of the World's Largest Lesson from Project Everyone. The World’s Largest Lesson aims to create a generation of Global Goals “champions” determined to see The Goals achieved. Over the past 5 years millions of children have been introduced to taking action for the Global Goals through World's Largest Lesson resources and teachers have been inspired to champion the goals in their schools. The World's Largest Lesson is delivered across the globe in partnership with UNICEF and many other organisations including, governments, civil society and the private sector.
Melati Wijsen
Founder, Bye Bye Plastic Bags & YOUTHTOPIA

Melati Wijsen is a 19 year-old Indonesian/Dutch activist and change maker. She founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags with her younger sister and has been leading the movement driven by youth since 2013. She has also started the people movement One Island One Voice and the social enterprise, Mountain Mamas. Melati has spoken on world stages such as TED and the UN and has also been selected as FORBES top ten most inspiring women in the country. She is a passionate protector of our oceans and is also an alumni member of the World’s Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council. Most recently she graduated from high school one year early at the Green School and has been honoured by TIME as part of the annual list of most influential teens in the world along with CNN Heroes Young Wonders. Today, Melati is excited about her new Youth empowerment project; YOUTHTOPIA which aims to empower youth through peer-to-peer education and provides them the tools they need to be change makers.

Melanie Harwood
Co-Founder and CEO of EduCCate Global
Melanie Harwood is an education entrepreneur and the Co-Founder and CEO of eduCCate Global. The eduCCate Global Programme, accredited by the UN, is working to put a climate-change teacher in every classroom in every school in the world. eduCCate Global’s cross-curricular lessons touch every aspect of climate change: climate science, gender and environment; the link between climate change and cities, law and children; health, sustainable diet and climate change; climate-change adaptation and mitigation; and sustainability and the green economy.
Martha Delgado Peralta
Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs & Human Rights, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Martha Delgado is currently the Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she promotes a multilateral foreign policy agenda. Martha is a recognized environmentalist leader at the national and international levels. She has 28 years of consecutive professional experience in various areas of national public service: in the Federal Public Administration, leading non-profit organizations dedicated to environmentalism and human rights, as an independent member of the Mexico City congress, as Secretary of the Environment for the Mexico City government, and as General Director of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate at Fundación PENSAR. Martha has served on the boards and advisory committees of various international and multilateral organizations and has led global networks on urban and environmental issues. She is currently the President of the first UN-Habitat Assembly (2019-2023), and also serves as Sherpa for the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (2019-2020), representing Mexico. Martha is certified in Environmental Policy and International Development by Harvard University (2017). In addition, she has written numerous scientific articles and has published opinion pieces in nationally recognized newspapers and specialized media such as El Universal, El Economista, Milenio, Foreign Affairs as well as the magazine Este País.

September 23, 09:00
09:00 — 09:45EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Climate, Education, Environment, Planet

| Host: World’s Largest Lesson |, Alison Bellwood (World’s Largest Lesson at Project Everyone), Maestra Martha Delgado (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores), Melanie Harwood (EduCCate Global), Melati Wijsen (Bye Bye Plastic Bags & YOUTHTOPIA)