MOOC on Child Participation and the Right to a Sustainable Environment

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May 31, 2021 to July 11, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Childhood and Education, Environmental History / Studies, Human Rights, Teaching and Learning

Youth environmental movements, actively raising their voices around the world, send a clear message: the young generations are not only environmentally-conscious, but also determined to defend their rights and preserve the environment for a sustainable future. By speaking to children’s rights scholars and experts, environment specialists and young climate activists, the Global Campus of Human Rights MOOC on Child Participation and the Right to a Sustainable Environment examines concepts, standards and practices of child participation in environmental matters.

The course runs over 6 weeks and is organised in 3 modules:

Module 1 is an introduction to children’s rights and the environment, with a focus on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its articles related to both child participation and the environment.

Module 2 is dedicated to the right to a healthy and sustainable environment for children, with attention to the link between human rights, the environment and natural resources as well as environmental sustainability and holistic education.

Module 3 deals with child participation and action in environmental matters and looks at the role of children as agents of change and as rights-holders in climate litigation.

Designed by the Global Campus E-Learning Department in cooperation with renowned lecturers and experts, including Right Livelihood Laureates, the MOOC features, among many others: Yousra Abourabi, Université Internationale de Rabat; Maude Barlow, Right Livelihood Laureate; David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment; Victor Karunan, Right Livelihood College; John Knox, Wake Forest University; Laura Lundy, Queen’s University Belfast; Raul Montenegro, Right Livelihood Laureate; Luisa Neubauer, Fridays For Future.

The MOOC is free and open to participants around the world, including children and young people, who are actively interested and engaged in children’s rights work and wish to deepen their knowledge about the theory and practice of child participation in environmental matters and related developments.

For more information, contact the Global Campus at or visit