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. Bring the COP26 Climate Conference to school
Our COP26 in the Classroom resource brings a UN-style climate conference to school and can be run virtually. Student teams represent a range of countries and research, present and debate their country pledges and climate challenges, then collaborate to raise global ambition for action.
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197 nations of the United Nations (UN) will meet in Glasgow in November 2021 for the COP26 climate summit to show their progress and ambition to do more on Climate Change (see 2015 Paris Agreement in our resources). The pressure is on for the world to turn words into action.
This curriculum enrichment resource brings COP26 to life in the classroom via a sequence of three sessions:
- The Climate Crisis which poses 6 questions for students to critically discuss the Climate Emergency.
- From Paris to Glasgow outlines these vital stages of UN decision making and sets out country roles.
- COP26 comes to school guides you and your students through your own UN-style climate conference.
First requiring independent research, students will be fully immersed in the challenges, impact and urgency of the global climate crisis whilst developing soft skills (team work, public speaking and collaboration) in their own conference. A teacher pack explains the detail and notes and film links accompany each of the session PowerPoints. The student pack gives an overview of COP26 and separate briefings for 18 countries.
Time needed: Sessions can be run in-person or virtually over 3 – 6 lessons or during an off-curriculum day.
Request a pack using the sign-up buttons. ICN can also provide facilitation support for conferences across school(s).
Students’ conclusions and individual pledges for action will form part of a strong message to decision-makers: young people leading the way through your own commitments to change.
2. Run an online Climate Action Survey
Find out how to make a difference in school
Delivering impactful climate action in school means changing student and staff behaviours.
Our new Climate Action Survey 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.
- A group of students will lead on rolling out the online survey across their school (see this copy of the Climate Action Survey).
- We will analyse the data and provide the school with a report. The results give a great insight into student views on the climate emergency, current behaviours, and motivations to do things differently.
- Students are then supported to share their findings across the school and wider community.
- We can follow-up to help students turn their survey findings into a tailored campaign or initiative based on the approaches most likely to galvanise climate action in school.
Check out these example results to see how they will inform your school’s climate actions. If you want to run the survey, use the sign-up button below.
Time needed: Ideally to be run over a few weeks, but with current pressures, take as long as is required.
* At the heart of the survey are questions about what will motivate students to undertake climate action. Five ways have been identified to be investigated and you can read about the research behind these ‘behaviour change’ approaches here.
“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.
3. Practical tips: schools FAQ
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 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.
We need to:
– Use less meat, milk, cheese and butter
– Eat more locally sourced seasonal food, and
– Throw less of it away!
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.
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.
4. 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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