Youth Climate Summit 9th - 13th November 2020
"Time is already running out to tackle the climate and ecological emergency. Unlike world leaders, young people are refusing to let it drop off their agenda.
Coordinated by charity Global Action Plan (as a part of their 'Transform Our World Programme') and a team of dedicated teachers, the Youth Climate Summit is a week-long virtual festival (9-13th November) of days of themed discussions and activities."
Each day of the week is given over to a different theme with suggested lessons and activities for primary or secondary teachers. Themes are -
Monday, Nature, Oceans & Water; Tuesday, Travel, Pollution & Waste; Wednesday, Food, Farming & Forests; Thursday, Fashion & Consumption; Friday, A Sustainable Future.
It would be great if Hackney schools could give over the week to Climate Education (linking where they can to curriculum subjects), but if this is not possible, maybe year groups could take a day/theme each, they could give appropriate assembly or workshop presentations to the rest of the school or report back/create videos or displays on the different themes during the following weeks running up to COP 26.
We know schools are under enormous pressure - not only from Covid 19 but from government and OFSTED pressure to provide a 'Recovery Curriculum' and 'Home Learning' but with a little 'creative thinking' these activities can be incorporated into their planning.
Whatever Hackney schools can give over to education on the Climate Emergency will not only -
- broaden pupils knowledge, experience and capacity for 'critical' and 'futures' thinking and
- equip them with the knowledge and skills to tackle/mitigate the Climate Crisis in the future but also
- contribute to a programme of Education for Sustainability/Eco Schools in their particular school and help to work toward the Green Flag award.