Work with InterClimate Network to take the conversation on climate change to the next level and drive positive behaviour change in your school community.

1. Roll out the Climate Action Toolkit

Find out how to make a difference in school

Delivering impactful climate action in school means creating understanding and joint action within the school community in important areas like reducing waste and improving energy efficiency.

Our new Climate Action Toolkit is a student-led resource that follows a behaviour change approach* and develops important skills on the way. It means students can have a say on climate action to make a tangible difference in school.

“This is useful in so many ways; teaching different subjects – science, geography, food, health – careers, the site team, the eco group.”

Jon Pearce, teacher (Balcarras School, Cheltenham)

Go to Stories to find out how we developed the survey during lockdown with students from nine secondary schools across the country and university students studying Applied Sociology at the University of Gloucestershire.

2. Practical tips: schools FAQ

Energy: how can we make schools more energy efficient?

We need to:
– Use less energy for heat, lights, computers and electrical appliances
– Think about renewable energy and better insulation
– Encourage everyone to get involved.

Food & Food Waste: what is the link between food production and climate change?

Food production already has a big impact on the world’s environment including via methane gases and clearing of forests. And about a third of the food we buy goes straight to the bin. It has been calculated that cutting avoidable waste would cut 22p off an average school meal.

Food & Food Waste: how can we cut carbon emissions from food?

We need to:
– Use less meat, milk, cheese and butter
– Eat more locally sourced seasonal food, and
– Throw less of it away!

Travel & Transport: how can we cut carbon emissions from travel to school?

In the UK, more than 60% of journeys are by car which has a big impact on emissions and our health!  Around 35% students now walk to school where a generation ago, it was closer to 70% says Living Streets.  More than 75% of the goods we use travel across the country in vans and trucks.

We need to:
– Walk or cycle short distances
– Use public transport and car-share
– Ask for better facilities where we need them.

What we buy and use: how can we cut carbon emissions from consumption?

We live in a wasteful society where we: make; use (often just once); then throw away products. If a year’s worth of the UK’s un-recycled plastic bottles were placed end to end, they’d reach around the world 31 times.  Globally, only 20% clothes are recycled.

We need to think about what we use on a daily basis, and what we do with it all:
– Live with less plastic
– Recycle and reuse as much as possible
– Use our ‘buying power’ to demand sustainability in everything.

3. Get involved with local decisions

Follow these links for inspiration about ways you can have a say, whether that’s taking part in local consultations or putting your questions to decision-makers:

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