"This is not a partisan debate; it is a human one. Clean air and water, and a liveable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics. It is our moral obligation."
Call to Action
Greta Thunberg: There is Hope!
Even though the climate crisis is getting worse, Greta Thunberg believes there is hope. She states, " The people have not yet been made aware. We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. Nor can we treat something like a crisis unless we understand the emergency. So, let's make this our main priority. There is hope. Let's unite and spread awareness. Once we become aware we can Act. Then change will come...This is the solution....We are the hope...We are the people."
We Don't Care!
“We Don’t Care” reminds its audience that the climate crisis is not being treated like the crisis it is. If our leaders and those in power don’t care, we won’t be able to bypass the worst climate affects.
Climate is a racial justice issue. Climate is a gender issue. Climate is a socioeconomic issue. Climate is a threat to disabled communities, and continues to amplify current systems and structures of oppression. Climate is everywhere, and we must act on it now.
Climate Changemakers Website
Are your students looking to take real climate action? They can if they visit Climate Changemakers, an interactive website created for children aged 8+. Through a 15 minute learning journey of videos, activist stories and a quiz, students are guided to reflect on why climate education is crucial to fight the climate crisis. They can then write a persuasive 100 word message to share their views.
A Call To Climate Learning
Young people are finding ways to act on climate change – by learning. Watch this film and get involved like these young activists, because everyone, everywhere deserves a climate education.
Source: Worlds Largest Lesson
Climate Box is a comprehensive learning toolkit that educates school children about climate change and inspires them to take action.
Designed to make learning fun and interesting, the Climate Box provides up-to-date information on climate change with a range of creative tasks, games, quizzes and experiments, as well as resources for teachers/educators.
Climate Box Toolkit
“Green” Lessons: Sustainability boils down to using resources wisely to ensure the ongoing capacity to maintain life and provide for future generations.
Each PLT activity is designed to guide learners through the process of awareness, understanding, challenge, motivation, and action by developing skills such as observing, analyzing, problem-solving, and decision making.
PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide.
Better understanding of the science behind the rise in global temperatures can help us talk about our changing climate and take action.
With a sound understanding, we can begin to think critically about the historical causes and—most importantly—make informed decisions about solutions for the future.
Here are twelve videos to help introduce the complex science of climate change to your students. Target-Upper Elementary/MS.
Making Climate Action the New Normal (Al Gore)
A net-zero future is possible, but first we need to flip a mental switch to truly understand that we can stop the climate crisis if we try, says Nobel laureate Al Gore. In this inspiring and essential talk, Gore shares examples of extreme climate events (think: fires, floods and atmospheric tsunamis), identifies the man-made systems holding us back from progress and invites us all to join the movement for climate justice: "the biggest emergent social movement in all of history," as he puts it. An unmissable tour de force on the current state of the crisis -- and the transformations that will make it possible to find a way out of it.
We Have to Stop Destroying Our Future (Al Gore)
Lighting up the TED stage, Nobel laureate Al Gore takes stock of the current state of climate progress and calls attention to institutions that have failed to honor their promises by continuing to pour money into polluting sectors. He explains how the financial interests of fossil fuel companies have blocked the policymaking process in key countries -- and calls for a global epiphany to take on the climate crisis. "Do not give up hope," Gore says. "And remember always that political will is itself a renewable resource."
Amanda Gorman's "Earthrise" Poem Inspires Us to Take Action
Amanda Gorman wrote a beautiful poem called "Earthrise." The poem explores the moment in 1968 when the Apollo 8 astronauts witnessed the Earth from space for the first time. The Earthrise photograph, one of the most iconic and widely reproduced images in history, inspired the environmental movement. Gorman's vision and words challenge us. They are a call to action to become caretakers for our planet, our only home. (Sources: The Climate Reality Project & Globalonenessproject.org)
Read the entire poem here.
"Earthrise" Film Inspires Us to Question Our Role as Global Citizens
Earthrise recounts the Apollo 8 astronauts’ experiences and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space. The Earthrise photograph, as Gorman expresses in her poem, had an everlasting impact on the astronauts and humanity, offering a powerful perspective that transcended national, political, and religious boundaries. Could the Earthrise photograph become a symbol of remembrance that unites as global citizens? (Source: Globalonenessproject.org)
Use Earthrise in Your Classroom With the Following Educational ResourcesClick/Tap to View
Earthrise Discussion / Curriculum Guide. This guide offers suggestions for exploring the 30-minute film Earthrise in instructional contexts. It provides strategies and techniques to inspire inquiry and reflection as well as challenges students’ perspectives. Students consider the story of the Earthrise photograph and the perspective it provided to the Apollo 8 astronauts and to the world. The photograph inspired the environmental movement and is one of the most iconic and widely reproduced images in history. Download Discussion Guide, Download Earth Rise Image take from Apollo 8
Earthrise Conversation Cards Effectively aligned and in-depth, the conversation cards provide prompts to stimulate critical thinking, thoughtful and diverse collaboration, and bridges for putting real-world applications into action. Students are not only encouraged to engage cognitively but to reflect on how their thoughts can influence a better tomorrow.
Document Your Place on the Planet. Inspired by the Earthrise photograph, this student photography contest documents students’ unique and powerful perspectives during the global shelter in place orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earthrise Mini-Lessons with Greater Good Science Center. In partnership with the GGSC, we created four mini-lessons which include learning activities, clips from the film, and research supporting the exploration of awe and empathy. Four lessons include: Fostering Awe, Cultivating Global Citizenship, Bearing Witness to Our Planet, and Instilling Reverence for the Earth.
The Great Big Lesson for Climate and Nature
This lesson turns COP26 into a classroom for everyone – turning learning into action by equipping audiences not only with knowledge but the ability to communicate about and act upon the climate and nature crisis.
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What will you get?
🌳 An understanding of the key climate concepts with a focus on nature at the centre of it all
🐛 A dynamic and interactive exploration of topics ranging from the future of food to the universe of soil
🦋 The ability to put nature first, be Nature Positive and always ask the question, “Yes, but what’s the impact on nature?”
🐄 Tools for communicating effectively with others about the climate and nature crisis and confidence to weave key ideas and solutions into any lesson, regardless of subject are
🌾 Perspectives from other young people from around the world who are taking positive action in the face of the climate and nature crisis.
Source: Worlds Largest Lesson
How To Teach Climate Change Without Panicking Your Students
More Resources for Teaching Climate ChangeClick/Tap to View
Why We Need to Change the Way We Teach Climate Change | Prospect | February 27, 2020
How Should Climate Change be Taught in Schools? | EdCan Network | February 5, 2020
Why We Urgently Need to Teach and Learn About Climate Change |UNESCO | December 12, 2019
Why Should Schools Teach Climate Education? | UN CC:LEARN | July 12, 2018
5 Free Tools for Teaching About Climate Change | Common Sense education | April 15, 2020
NASA Climate Kids - NASA's Climate Kids website inspires kids to learn about our changing planet through the eyes of the NASA missions studying Earth.
The disarming Case to Act Right Now on Climate Change
In this passionate call to action, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg explains why, in August 2018, she walked out of school and organized a strike to raise awareness of global warming, protesting outside the Swedish parliament and grabbing the world's attention. "The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions," Thunberg says. "All we have to do is to wake up and change."
More about Greta Thunberg(Tap/Click to access)
An Open Letter to the Global Media by Greta Thunberg and Vanessa Nakate | Time | Oct 29, 2021
Greta Thunberg's Message to World Leaders at #DavosAgenda |World economic Forum | Jan 25, 2021
Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg urges wealthy people to stop | June 23, 2019
Make the World Greta Again (Full Documentary) - Time's 2019 Person of the Year |Youtube Video | May 24, 2019
Our school climate strikes have been a success and we’re only getting started: The Guardian - news article | Apr 26, 2019
Meet the teen changing the game for climate change | March 15, 2019
Greta & Svante Thunberg - Straight Talk | Dec 9, 2018
Greta Thunberg Leading a Global Climate Movement | Dec 8,. 2018
Greta Thunberg's School Strike for the Climate |Dec 4, 2018
Greta Thunberg: Time Magazine's Person of the Year-2019(Tap/Click to access)
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Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, whose lone school strike has morphed into a global movement holding world leaders to account, has been named Time Person of the Year for 2019.
The US magazine, which wrote a lengthy profile of Thunberg, praised her for succeeding in "creating a global attitudinal shift, transforming millions of vague, middle-of-the-night anxieties into a worldwide movement calling for urgent change".
"She has offered a moral clarion call to those who are willing to act, and hurled shame on those who are not," it added.
The magazine has handed out the annual distinction since 1927 which recognizes the person who "for better or for worse ... has done the most to influence the events of the year".
Thunberg, 16, joins the likes of world leaders including Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and Angela Merkel as well as innovators such as Mark Zuckerberg and Mark Bezos and humanitarians and whistleblowers including Ebola fighters and sexual harassment figureheads.
The teenager described the news as "unbelievable."
We Don't Have Time: A Call For Climate Activism
Basically, we are out of time to 'fix' the climate problem. We Don’t Have Time is a movement and a tech startup that leverages the power of social media to hold leaders and companies accountable for climate change. Being a member of We Don’t Have Time is free of charge and lets you create climate actions as well as interact and follow other member. Read more about the app and our community. Mobile App Download: Apple App, Google Play
Podcast: House on Fire
House on Fire is a weekly podcast about our greatest environmental nightmares and the plans humans are hatching to solve them. From seed vaults to tree plantations, plastic bans to carbon capture, the podcasts will ask the powerful and the expert for their creative ideas.
The People's Demands For Climate Justice
Teen climate activist calls it 'movement of her generation'
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