Our innovative Climate Action Toolkit sets out how to engage the whole school community with your climate action plan. It does so by empowering lead groups of students, offering practical guidance, and applying behaviour change thinking.

Current opportunities 

  1. Sign up for a FREE Climate Action Survey and insights report. Download our survey flyer to share with teachers and students.    
  2. Funded workshops with our expert team to support students to create a campaign for action, online or in person depending on location. Find out more

To take part please contact schools@interclimate.org.


How does the toolkit work?

Our Climate Action Toolkit introduces behaviour change approaches through student-led activities to engage and secure the support of your whole school community with your climate action plan

Co-developedwith secondary school students, research agencies and universities, the activities and approaches are useful either for new plans, or existing projects, and will help you to: 

  • Develop baselines and prioritise actions  
  • Apply invaluable insights about motivations and challenges in school  
  • Design and implement action that is more creative, positive and powerful.  

The toolkit is free to use and can be run in sequence or separately. Designed to be re-usable, these activities and the skills they build can be re-applied to every climate action that you want to deliver in school. 

1. Run a Climate Action Survey

Roll out our online survey across school, aiming for as many students as possible to ‘have a say’ and be involved in climate action planning.  

We analyse the data and provide each school with a personalised insights report that gives a clear picture of:  

  • What students are doing to take climate action 
  • How students view sustainability in school  
  • What are the barriers and motivators to action. 

ICN also draws together findings from participating schools and shares these widely via national platforms.   

Resources

2. Create a Campaign for Action

Our sequence of three activities helps students and teachers lead impactful climate action campaigns.  

Campaigns could involve supporting staff and students to reduce waste across school, promoting more active travel, or encouraging more students to participate in and enjoy nature.  

If completed, insights from the Climate Action Survey can inform campaign development.  

Find out more and download activities here. 

(Coming soon: our resource page is under development until mid April.)

3. Participate in Skills Webinars

Our skills-based webinars boost student and teacher skills in climate action.  

We provide experts’ input on areas of behaviour change and communication practice, with a focus on involving a wider number of people and getting your message across more powerfully.  

Hear what the experts say in our short videos and register for upcoming webinars. 

Skills and benefits:  

  • Helps shape climate action plans, reduce your schools’ emissions and implement the UK Strategy for Sustainability and Climate Change.  
  • Develops skills in leadership, communication, research, analysis, teamwork and critical thinking. 
  • Increase 11–18-year olds’ say in sustainability decisions that directly affect them.  
  • Curriculum benefits with links to PSHE, sociology, psychology.  
  • Supports Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance: new knowledge and skills, including through learning with experts.  

Feedback

“I found it useful to learn how to properly plan and execute an eco-project.”

Student, 2023

“We have used the Toolkit to prove that our school does want to make a change and we have used it as part of our funding campaign.”

Teacher, 2022

“The report findings are informing our Eco Schools Action plan and the priorities that we are working on this year.” 

Teacher, 2022

Partners and Supporters

We are grateful to the expert input into the survey and activity design provided by our pilot schools, sociology students at the University of Gloucestershire, research firms Globescan and Humankind Research alongside UCL MSc Behaviour Change students.

The toolkit and our support to schools has been made possible through the support of Movement for Good, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the abrdn Charitable Foundation, the Dr Martens Foundation, European Union Erasmus+ Programme, The Grocers’ Charity and Heart of Bucks Community Foundation.

If you would like to enquire about supporting the further development of the Climate Action Toolkit, or partnering with us, please use the button below.