Mark S. McCaffery is founder and co-focal point of ECOS and is based in Central Europe. Having helped establish a local watershed focused network two decades ago (BASIN, the Boulder Area Sustainability Information Network), and a national digital library and online community (CLEAN, the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network), Mark assisted in initiating the climate and energy literacy frameworks and authored Climate Smart & Energy Wise, published in 2014 by Pruitt Press. Relocating from North America to Central Europe to pursue international collaboration and engagement opportunities, he assisted in the launch of the Institute for Sustainable Development in Budapest and has consulted with Climate-KIC, the largest EU public-private partnership on climate solutions, and various United Nations organizations, such as FAO and UN CC: Learn. In 2016, the UNFCCC Secretariat recognized ECOS (originally called ECONGO) as a community supporting Action for Climate Empowerment and the original Article 6 of the Convention. ECOS is also aligned with capacity-building goals of Article 12 of the Paris Agreement as well as other efforts to reduce climate risks and maximize societal and ecosystem resilience through effective, localized climate education and engagement.
Climate literacy, which should by now be universal, lags out of all proportion to the crisis — and yet it promises large returns for a relatively small investment. If every student was climate literate, we could begin to effect change on a large scale. If every person was truly climate literate, imagine the change we could make.
November 1, 2019