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Empowering youngsters: Climate high school assemblies to increase risk perception and awareness

Anna Boqué Ciurana1, Jon Xavier Olano Pozo1,2, Gisela Cebrián-Bernat3, and Juan Prieto4
Anna Boqué Ciurana et al.
  • 1Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Centre for Climate Change C3, Department of Geography, Spain (
  • 2Institut Universitari de Recerca en Sostenibilitat, Canvi Climàtic i Transició Energètica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
  • 3Educational Transformation, Leadership and Sustainability (EDIT) Research Group, Department of Pedagogy, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
  • 4Mechanical Engineering Department CREVER, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Avda. Països Catalans 26, 43007, Tarragona, Spain

EMPOCLIM is a project that aims to raise awareness and involve young people in sustainable development through school climate assemblies at five educational centers in Camp de Tarragona, Spain. Thanks to innovative democratic processes designed to learn, deliberate, and decide in an assembly way, the students look for solutions to climate change, proposing actions to promote sustainability at the local and regional levels.

EMPOCLIM emphasizes strengthening environmental awareness and empowering young people through education, recognizing their potential to become ambassadors and agents of change for climate action and sustainable development in their environment, and sharing knowledge and experiences with their families, local communities, and policymakers.

As a result of the climate assemblies, a generation of an action plan and political recommendations by the participating educational communities to achieve the 2 SDGs Climate action and affordable and clean energy at the local and regional levels is obtained.

Parallelly EMPOCLIM project has developed two didactic guides for teachers to work with the knowledge involved with two specific SDGs (the two mentioned before).

Once the EMPOCLIM project was finished, the methodology established continued to be implemented in the high schools on demand, as University Rovira i Virgili offered this Workshop as one that transfers university information to high schools. In the future, EMPOCLIM will probably evolve up-scaled in different national and European proposals and to other educational levels.

We acknowledge  Diputació Provincial de Tarragona for funding the EMPOCLIM project.

How to cite: Boqué Ciurana, A., Olano Pozo, J. X., Cebrián-Bernat, G., and Prieto, J.: Empowering youngsters: Climate high school assemblies to increase risk perception and awareness, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-15345,, 2023.