GBGW is important for schools, because they will be the organisations teaching the citizens of the future what to do about climate change and the biodiversity crisis.
To support GBGW, schools may need to do some teaching of climate change and biodiversity crisis basics. Hopefully they would be doing some of that anyway.
Shaftesbury Primary School chalk murals:
- What my school does to fight climate change and the biodiversity crisis - and what more it could do
- Eco club - does the school have one? If so, what does it do? If not, why haven't you started one
- Competion result for make something out of the recycling bin at home
- 1000 suggestions from our children on how they reuse things for other purposes at home
For example: we keep a pile of paper used on one side to use the other side for notes, we cut up old T shirts to make dusting cloths
- Display in local church
- Result of "Where have you seen a hedgehog" competition
- Stories written by children to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world
- Summary of what is taught about climate change and the biodiversity crisis
- Writings on Climate Change and the Biodiversity Crisis
- Drama in the Guildhall and street drama
- Have climate change conversations with friends and family. Write down what you learnt.
- Art about climate change and the biodiversity crisis: paint pictures, collages, craft work
- Model about climate change and the biodiversity crisis using clay, cookie dough or cardboard
- Origami animals
- Make "Identifying Trees" chart, then use it to make map of local trees for seed collection
- Record "When I was a child" talks with adults/grandparents on mobile phone
- Make cycling routes between nature events, such as "an animal trail crosses here", bridge over river (what else is under bridge?"), footpath sign, hill, wood, reed bed - leading to event in GBGW
- Rock painting:
Senior Schools - as Junior, plus:
- From data draw graph of planet temperature against time. Project graph to estimate when we will hit +1.5C
- Analyse NASA's climate change model of the world
- Climate Change or Biodiversity Crisis haiku
- Use a simple climate change model to show what happens when the temperature rises and more water is drawn up into the atmosphere
- Create the model using a spreadsheet
- Derive equations explaining chemistry of natural gas (methane) CH4+2O2>CO2+2H2O and photosynthesis 6CO2+6H20>C6H12O6+6O2
- Make models showing chemistry of burning fossil fuel CH4+2O2>CO2+2H2O and photosynthesis 6CO2+6H20>C6H12O6+6O2
- make a hedgehog box
- Reseach and draw local river flow map, showing tributaries
- Map of world - locate and colour wildfires, storm surge, heatwave, floods
- Map of UK > flooded areas (or France for wildfires)
- Farming fertiliser > dead areas in ocean > ocean life
- Painting or model making - celebrating community groups tackling
- Street drama - see example here
Teach and write about:
- What do you think the effects will be of large numbers of climate refugees?
- What precautions would you set up around your house to prevent it being burnt down by wildfire?
- What precautions would you set up around your house to prevent it being washed away by flash floods?
- Teach the benefit of community action: working as a group is much more productive, enables specialisation, again more productive
- Design / build a game which results in people winning more if they work together