Did you know that pupils and their schools are making a big difference and taking a real lead in the UK in helping us all to adapt to climate change!
There are lots of great ideas you can use at school to help you, your friends, your family and your teachers make school and school life more environmentally friendly.
Here are some ideas and resources to get you started:
CAFOD has many free resources including poster packs, games and DVDs:
Children, Schools and Young People and Climate and Environment
See this intriguing poster. ‘A Conversation between Global North and South’ You could design your own conversation!
Write an eco song covering some of the issues of God, his creation, climate change, poverty and justice:
Go to Songs and Hymns to see a song written by young people. It won a competition.
Make Musical Instruments from Recyled stuff. You could involve the younger children in making these!
Then you could perform your songs and hymns using instruments from recycled stuff.
Show a DVD/power point presentation:
There are plenty on various sites: Arocha UK, Tearfund, etc.
Your Kingdom Come (CAFOD)
Operation Noah Video Page
Miniature Earth: If the world population was 100 people it would look something like this.
This is a short, attractive and compelling 4 mins. presentation, giving faces and statistics of who has what in our global village.
The Inconvenient Truth: Al Gore’s presentation
A Rocha: a variety of DVDs for children and adults
Make your own DVD or power point presentation: Involve others in the production (younger children, etc.) It could be quite short, just a ‘taster’.
Use a drama or quiz in services and other church events to focus on the issue of climate change in a fresh and challenging way:
Change Greed to Green by Tom Hiscock.
Degrees of Change: A New Play for Teenagers: This is a fast-paced, thought-provoking and entertaining play (40
mins.) which follows the lives of a group of sixth formers from Manchester.
Operation Noah Day Puppet Show by Ruth Jarman - Short simple play
Tearfund Devotions and other activities
Dramas for Children
CAFOD interactive quiz, power point, games, etc.
Working with Young People for many ideas, games, quizzes, drama, etc.
Act a short eco drama: This could be a dramatised Bible story or a modern one. You could even write your own short drama! It could even be interactive and involve the audience. It could even have different optional endings according to the eco ideas/choices made by the audience! .
Eco games for the children (young and not so young!) See Kids Zone and Schools Zone
Climate Choices Children’s Voices: This website is packed full of interest and things to find out and do! Find other countries on the map and find out how climate change is affecting them.
Some Interesting School Eco Activities:
A Walking Bus: Could your parents talk with your school and organise a ‘walking bus’ to school? Save on petrol and carbon dioxide emissions! Enjoy walking together to school – an environmentally friendly way to arrive!
Garden Organic for Schools project is a nationwide campaign which helps children grow vegetables at school, and learn more about their food. By setting up small gardens in or near the school grounds, you can learn about how food is produced and its link with the countryside. It also helps teach you how to enjoy eating a wide range of vegetables as part of a healthy diet.
Eco Schools: Have you heard about Eco Schools ? You can get involved in lots of areas such as: energy, healthy living, litter and waste, school grounds, transport and water. Schools can apply for Eco Status.
Did you know: Cumbria Schools Eco Status (as at January 2012)
(out of a total of 351 Cumbria Schools)
Registered Initiating - 62
Action Bronze - 150
Award Silver - 77
Award Green Flag - 14
For the latest figures see
Is your school one of these? If not, you can make the suggestion to your friends, parents and teachers. Find an Eco School near you on the Eco Schools Website. Perhaps they can come and talk to your school, share their story and tell you all about how they started, and why. Eco Schools are pupil led inititives.
Green Schools Revolution App
Enjoy this free app from the Co-op. It includes great quizzes and games. Visit the iTunes App Store for more information.
Cockermouth School eco-centre. One of the most advanced eco- schools in the county is Cockermouth school who have recently completed work on a new eco-centre.
Staff, pupils and the local community were closely involved in developing an innovative design that made significant use of recycled and locally sourced materials - like Cumbrian wool for insulation! The centre also has its own wind turbine, ground source heating, eco-pond and rain water collection system. All make the building one of the most sustainable around. And it is already creating a stir, winning national and regional awards. Find out more online.
Link with a school in Africa! Would your school like to link with a school in Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, or Uganda? You can write to each other, share stories, tell each other how you live, what your country, community, school and family is like, etc. Make friends and work together in your own communities to reduce climate change and make a fairer more just world.
Find out about Links Schools Programme.
Photo: Arocha UK
Don't forget to look at the Kids Zone, Youth Zone and Speaking Out (Campaigning)