Great ideas for teaching about climate and the environment.

An excellent source of ideas is Global Dimension which links to loads of different groups including thse focusing on poorer countries (which of course are worst hit by the changing climate) and has produced some really good films.

The Eco-schools movement is growing and you might like to find out more. They offer a simple, seven-step framework that guides, empowers and motivates pupils to drive change and improve environmental awareness in their school, local community and beyond.

After completing the seven step process, schools can then apply for Eco-Schools Green Flag accreditation, which recognises, rewards and celebrates the environmental achievements of young people.

They are promoting the the Let’s Go Zero award system for schools

Portsmouth Music Hub have a wonderful collection of songs. You could try the sea level hornpipe or thre Recycling Rumba!. Words and videos all free to use. Go to their Songsource Songbooks and follow the link to One World

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust are keen to see more local community groups and give out awards each year, St Alban’s Primary got one in 2021

You can find loads of ideas from the Climate Coalition here. They have produced a pack for schools for hte Big Green Week which you can download.

Please get in touch – tell us what you are doing. havclimate@gmail.com

Last year we did a crowd-funder and distributed this great book by Neal Layton to all the primary schools. Thanks to the Hayling Bookshop for getting them for us at a discount.

This year, we gave this book, by the same author, out to all the primary schools.

And here is a video of Canon Tom Kennar from St Faith’s reading the book. on climate for Bosmere Primary School. You’re welcome to use this with your students – the author has said he’s happy.

Teach the Future is a campaign to get more environmental education into schools. They argue that students need to be taught about the climate emergency and ecological crisis: how they are caused, what we can do to mitigate them and what our future lives and jobs are going to look like due to them. ​

Here are some useful links, thanks to Julie Newman of St Alban’s School:

Grounds For Nature BioBlitz (G4N)

RHS Campaign for School Gardening

A free award scheme to help schools on their gardening journey.

Hoverfly Lagoons

A project for UKS2 upwards.

X-Polli:Nation https://xpollination.org

Free resources and support for schools interested in developing learning about pollinating insects. The survey https://xpollination.org/record/ is open to all and we encourage everyone to set aside space for pollinators and make it a #PolliPromise: https://xpollination.org/pollipromise/

Young Tree Champions

Ideas to encourage schools to speak up and take action for trees and nature.

Warblington School have sent us these great pledges These are aimed at students. There are others for staff

The Children’s Environmental Rights Initiative (CERI) recently circulated details of an interactive learning package called “Our Rights, Our Planet“. The package aims to help young people learn about and protect their rights and the environment.
The content covers the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), followed by explanations from several experts and child rights ambassadors. There is also a section on eco-anxiety.
This platform was developed by Articolo12, Children’s Environmental Rights Initiative (CERI), Terre des Hommes (TdH) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The training materials are available for all ages and targets children aged 12-16 and young people specifically.
The website is available at:
https://www.unep.org/events/online-event/our-rights-our-planet-online-training
The online package is available at:
https://leap.unep.org/ourrights-ourplanet/
The offline training materials are downloadable from:
https://leap.unep.org/sites/default/files/2022-07/tdh-print-08.pdf
“Environmental destruction and climate change is a violation of your rights”.

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