Pearson College UWC’s ground-breaking Climate Action Leadership Diploma curriculum will be available to empower and inspire more changemakers around the world thanks to new support from an anonymous family foundation.

Last fall, the IB-based CALD curriculum launched as the first-of-its-kind program designed to empower high school-aged emerging leaders with a deep passion for climate action and equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to address the urgent challenges posed by climate change. 

This fall, the initial cohort of Canadian and international CALD students will embark on the second half of their two-year CALD program built around a comprehensive curriculum that leverages the remarkable living environment of Vancouver Island and the Salish Sea. During their first year, they explored subjects such as climate science, resilience, and adaptation, gaining a profound understanding of the intricate mechanisms that drive our planet’s climate systems. 

While the second CALD cohort is larger than the first, even as interest grows, we recognize that only a small number of young people can access this innovative curriculum. To build upon the broadening of our impact, an anonymous family foundation with a deep commitment to conservation and climate action has pledged two years of support to enable the College to digitize and share the CALD curriculum with other educators.  

Over time, we intend to translate the CALD curriculum into an engaging, comprehensive, and accessible online curriculum. These are early days in this initiative, but we are deeply grateful to this visionary foundation and others who share our commitment to climate leadership development.

We will keep you updated as we work to educate and equip more changemakers with the tools, knowledge, and ethical imperative to become leaders who shape our planet’s sustainable and resilient future.