Environmental and Climate Education in the Brazilian Army

Type: Brief

Language(s): English, Portuguese 

Decriptions: The human losses and material damage resulting from the recent extreme weather events that occurred in Brazil, droughts in the North and floods in the South, cause commotion in different sectors of the population, as well as fuel debates about the climate crisis and its effects on humanity.

Public and private figures have debated the creation and inclusion of Climate Education in school curriculum. Experts from different areas have contributed to intensifying the debate on the topic, pointing out possible directions for the country's strategic decision-makers. In a simplistic way, one of the main points of polarization in the discussions is that some of the debaters support Climate Education in a “pure and emergency” way and the other part advocates that the topic be addressed in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary manner by the already established Environmental Education.

The objective of this brief contribution is to bring some reflections on this debate, showing the option adopted by the Brazilian Army, in the face of the climate issue in the educational area.

Author(s): Coronel Raul Kleber de Souza Boeno (Ret.)

Publisher(s): Published for the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC)  by the Environment & Development Resource Centre (EDRC)

Publication Place & Date: The Hague, 25 May 2024

Number of Pages: 4

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Original article in Portgues published on 24 March 2024 by:


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