By the time a young girl in poverty is 12 her future is out of her hands. She is considered a woman, and faces being married at 14 and pregnant by 15. Those who survive childbirth might have to end up in forced prostitution in order to provide for their families. It’s a hard reality, and yet they are still the future of our world.

That’s because the best return on investment when it comes to international development is girls’ education. Girls’ education is a strategic development priority that is proven to help lift households, communities, and countries out of poverty. Educating girls is also proven to be one of the strongest solutions to tackling the climate crisis and promoting climate justice. But it is also the most overlooked by our global leaders and decision makers. The links between girls’ education and climate change are not understood: not by the public, not by policy makers, and not by those funding the global climate response.

Plan International needs help to change this. Founded in 1937, they have evolved to tackle the root causes of the injustices facing girls and the most marginalised children. No one has been on the ground, fighting injustice longer than they have. As one of the oldest, largest and most experienced organisations in their field, they know that there is nowhere in the world where girls are treated as equals. Plan International works alongside children, young people, supporters and partners to tackle the root causes of poverty, support communities through crisis, campaign for gender equality, and help governments do what’s right for children and particularly for girls. They aim to ignite the creativity, talent and ideas of girls in all their diversities.

If they can ignite a global conversation about the connection between educating girls and tackling climate change, they can kick-start an education revolution to empower girls around the world, and make a huge positive contribution to tackling the climate crisis. This TIE project seeks to equip them with a public engagement strategy that conveys this message.