Climate justice for the next generation
Climate justice for the next generation

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Climate justice for the next generation

Climate justice for the next generation


This free course, Climate justice for the next generation, introduces you to a contemporary, emerging issue in Childhood and Youth Studies. You will examine some of the debates around environmental change, its specific impact on children and young people, and the role of children and young people as activists and campaigners within their changing environments.

Described image
Figure 1 Climate change protesters near the British Parliament as part of a global day of protest

The idea of climate justice for children and young people is based, in part, on a respect for children’s rights so the first section of this course will introduce children’s rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The second section will then focus specifically on the impacts that climate change has on children’s rights, while the third will examine climate change in terms of inter-generational social justice. In the fourth section you will examine the wider relationships between children and the environment and then in the fifth and final section you will look at the contemporary work being done on ‘plastic childhoods’. Specifically in Section 5 you will look at the ways that plastics are entangled, both positively and negatively, in children’s lives.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course E232 Exploring childhood and youth. [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]


Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371