Our contribution to pro-climate action is an attempt at laying the strong foundations of a modern and versatile humanist education of society in V4 countries, one that will strengthen a sense of responsibility for the present and future climatic condition of the planet. The premises of our project are the following: (1) Climatologists’ diagnoses, warning about a potential environmental disaster; (2) Appeals made by individual countries and international organizations (especially the UN in 1992, 2015) calling all mankind to take responsibility for maintaining the blue planet in order and keeping its inhabitants alive; (3) Action taken by specific countries and local culture, education and business NGOs, as well as the local authorities, which are targeted at being climate neutral; (4) the existence of heightened social consciousness (documented by research) regarding the Earth’s climatic condition and threat to the planet. This knowledge, however, tends to be trivialized, superficial and simplified.

In terms of climate research, the participants of the HEC project adopt a humanist approach. The scholarly and research activities undertaken by the ICHER team are based on: (1) the environmental humanities whose findings justify the idea of the cultural study of the climate and indicate the way it should be conducted, and (2) environmental teaching methodology which provides effective tools for modern and innovative climate education. Its aim is to equip the students and teachers alike with the theoretical and practical knowledge referring to the planet and the human impact on its current condition, as discussed by literary and cultural texts. The aim of environmental teaching is also to indicate the consequences of the climate change for both the human beings and the planet.