Educating for sustainability. Perceptions and representations of climate change in secondary school. A comparison between the case studies of Palermo and Catanzaro


This contribution proposes a study on the ways in which climate change is perceived by young people aged between 16 and 20 who live in the capitals of two cities in Southern Italy, Palermo, the capital of Sicily and Catanzaro, the capital of Calabria. Through ethnographic interviews, based on the use of an open questionnaire and on participatory observation conducted in two upper secondary schools (one for each aforementioned region), an attempt was made to reconstruct the degree of awareness of the students interviewed regarding climate change in act, asking them to indicate what forms of knowledge are involved, the possible causes of the phenomenon, as well as the critical issues and solutions currently available, both locally and globally, to limit any irreversible damage.