Several fundamental aspects of climate change make clear both the need for education and the opportunity it offers.
First, addressing climate change will require action at all levels of society, including individuals, organizations, businesses, local, state, and national governments, and international bodies.
It cannot be addressed by a few individuals with privileged access to information, but rather requires the transfer of knowledge, both intellectually and affectively, to decision-makers and their constituents at all levels.
Second, education is needed because, in the case of climate change, learning from experience is learning too late. The delay between decisions that cause climate change and their full societal impact can range from decades to millennia. As a result, learning from education, rather than experience, is necessary to avoid those impacts.