The following resources may be useful to educators taking action on climate change and biodiversity loss. Some of these resources are specific to a particular country or curriculum, others are suitable for use globally. If you have climate or biodiversity education resources which you would like to contribute please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courses for Educators
- The SDG academy offers free courses on climate change and sustainable development from sustainable development experts.
- The Teachers Climate Guide is a package for teachers integrating climate education across subject areas. It contains explanations of climate change in the context of each school subject, exercises and visual material. The guide was produced by Pinja Sipari, a Finnish environmental educator, with input from over 100 educational and environmental professionals. The guide was originally made for Finnish teachers therefore Finland is often used as an example, however the material can be adapted for use in other countries.
- ThoughtBox offer a free climate change curriculum for school students aged 5-18. The programme allows students to explore causes and effects of climate change while practicing critical thinking, empathy and systems thinking. ThoughtBox also offer a teachers’ guide and parent pack to support adults with talking to children about big issues happening in the world. Schools are asked to register in order to download the curriculum and access a range of support resources, ideas and guidance.
- Drawdown Learn is an initiative to encourage education and learning about climate solutions based on Project Drawdown’s research. A range of educational resources are available for individuals to learn about drawdown solutions and reducing their carbon footprint. Educators can join the Drawdown Learn Teachers Network by using the #ITeachDrawdown hashtag on Twitter. There is also an unofficial Project Drawdown Learn Facebook group where educators can share resources.
- Climate Reality have developed inquiry based learning resources for Primary and High School students to learn about climate change. The units of work use the 5Es approach to inquiry and are available in English, Hindi and Indonesian. They include strategies to learn how the students’ school can be part of the global solution to climate change.
- Learning Rebellion have a range of resources for direct climate education for Primary and High School students. They also have resources to assist schools with declaring a climate and ecological emergency.
- Our Climate Our Future is an interactive video series produced by the Alliance for Climate Education for High School students. The video experience is aimed at educating students on the science of climate change and empowering them to take action. The videos include perspectives of young people who are directly affected by climate change.
- 2040 is a documentary about the solutions which could reverse climate change such as marine permaculture and decentralised renewable energy. It presents a positive vision of what society could look like if we implement these solutions. The documentary is currently available to view in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany. It will be released in France, the United States, Canada and China in 2020. A schools DVD is available for Australia and New Zealand. Cool Australia have created 2040 lesson plans aligned with Australian upper Primary and High School curriculum. The makers of 2040 are seeking local partnerships to align their educational resources with curriculum in other countries.
- WWF UK have developed climate change and biodiversity resources for Primary and Secondary students. They include a resource which enables Secondary students to take action within the school setting through curriculum linked activities. This collection of resources is linked to the UK political context and curriculum.
- Sustainable Schools New South Wales have compiled a wide range of sustainability teaching resources for Australian teachers. These include climate change and biodiversity resources suitable for Primary and Secondary students.
- The Teachers Climate Guide by Pinja Sipari includes some tips on integrating climate education at the Primary level.
- An article by Head Teacher and Climate Change Teacher Fiona Cowan giving examples of climate change activities for younger students.
- NASA’s Climate Kids allows upper Primary School aged students to learn about climate change through games, activities and articles.
Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)
- Practical Action’s STEM challenges allow students aged 7-14 to come up with solutions to global climate change and energy problems.
- An interdisciplinary research team (Dr Jennifer Rudd, Dr Ruth Horry and Dr Lyle Skains) have developed a STEAM programme which encourages students aged 12-15 to think about their personal impact on climate change. The You and CO2 programme is a series of workshops where students engage with and create interactive digital fiction based on the theme of climate change. Educators can access the teacher’s pack through the You and CO2 website.
- This list of 12 free Science apps by Project Learning Tree includes 7 climate change learning apps. The apps are suitable for Middle and High School students and include a carbon footprint tracker.
- Project Learning Tree have put together a list of 12 climate change videos. These can be used to introduce the science of climate change to upper Primary School and lower High School aged students.
- Student groups of any age can Skype a Scientist to chat with them about their work. This includes school classes, after school programs or groups of adult learners. The scientists participating in this program work in a variety of fields including climate science, biology and ecology. Educators can request what type of scientist they would like to connect with.
- The Climate Lab Book is a blog written by climate scientists, edited by Professor Ed Hawkins. Professor Hawkins has compiled a collection of climate and weather visualisation resources including warming stripes and warming spirals.
- A scheme of work on climate breakdown for High School students by Paul Turner.
- Renewable energy lesson plans for College and University level Physics and Engineering students by Dr Pam Dugdale on Academia and My Grid.
- The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change includes both the basics of climate change science and perspectives on teaching the subject. It is aimed at High School Earth Science and Environmental Science teachers. It includes information and graphics that a teacher can use in the classroom.
- The Global Footprint Network has a calculator which students can use to work out their personal overshoot day. Jennifer Chikos has created an ecological footprint activity where students answer questions using information from the Global Footprint Network website. Some of the questions are based on the ecological footprint of the USA, but the resource could be adapted for other countries.
- The National Biodiversity Teach-In is a project by students and teachers of the Environmental Science classes at Elgin High School. The annual Teach-In is a series of webinars by biodiversity experts. The webinars are scheduled in USA Central Standard Time, but past webinars are available on the NBTI Youtube channel. The NBTI website also has some biodiversity learning activities for Elementary and High School students.
- Water and Life is a padlet by Jacqueline Fletcher, collating information on restoring the water cycle through ecosystem restoration. This is necessary for addressing the climate and biodiversity crises. Jacqueline Fletcher also runs a Facebook group, Ecological Knowledge and the Biosphere Crisis, where she shares knowledge on a whole-systems approach to mitigation of and adaptation to the biosphere crisis. These resources would be useful to educators who want to gain a better understanding of this approach.
- Michelle Sowey has compiled some philosophy resources for teaching Primary and High School students about the climate and ecological crises.
Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Education Campaigns
- Teach the Future is a youth led UK campaign to restructure the educational system around the climate and ecological emergencies. TtF advocate for inclusion of climate crisis teaching throughout the education system and a transition to carbon neutrality for state funded education buildings.
- XR Educators are members of Extinction Rebellion who are teachers, lecturers and other educators. They are campaigning for structural change in the education system so that teaching addresses the realities of the climate crisis.
- Climate Emergency Declaration and Mobilisation in Action (cedamia) are running a climate emergency declaration campaign for schools. Schools or universities can submit their emergency declarations and the actions they will take to cedamia. They will then be added to the map of educational institutions around the world who have declared an emergency.
- Fossil Free is a project by 350.org working towards fossil fuel divestment. Educators employed by tertiary institutions can check whether their institution has divested using Fossil Free’s divestment commitment list.
School Sustainability Programs
- Green Schools Alliance is connecting and empowering schools to become sustainable. Schools can use a Sustainability Tracking and Roadmapping Tool (START, launching 2020) to analyse their sustainability. This provides a roadmap for achievable improvements. START is currently based on the USA, but with enough interest and commitment can be tailored to other countries. Educators can join discussions on specific aspects of school sustainability. Groups (schools, clubs, districts) can access an interactive online space to organise their sustainability efforts.
Educators Declare Poster
Please consider placing a copy of the poster in your workplace or sharing with your networks. Educators around the world, from preschool teachers to university lecturers, are eligible to sign the declaration.