The EcoCentre’s August 2019 free Teachers’ Environment Network (TEN) workshop explored the topic of Climate Change in the Classroom.
A full house of local educators shared ideas and experiences of discussing climate change with their students through facts and storytelling. We’ve compiled a full round-up of all links, resources, and slides discussed in the TEN workshop.
What is climate change?
- Weather, global warming and climate change (NASA)
- What is climate change? (Powerpoint slides, refer to slides 4 to 10)
- NASA Climate Kids
- Indicators of a warming world (Images and slides)
- Cool Australia lesson plans
- This is what climate change looks like (Report by Climate Council)
- List of books and movies for youth
- 6 tips for talking to kids about climate change
How is our climate doing? Key trends
- Summary video of the IPCC Report (2018) for teachers (22 minutes)
- “It is not impossible to limit global warming to 1.5ºC, according to the new IPCC report. But it will require urgent, unprecedented & collective climate action in all areas.”
- Summary for policymakers (background info: refer to the Executive Summary)
- Climate Council
At home: reducing our footprint
- Ecological Footprint Calculator: how many planets does it take to support your lifestyle?
- Earth Overshoot Day
- Beyond Zero Emissions
- Project Drawdown
- Blessed Unrest, Wiser Earth Youtube Video
- Mothers of Invention podcast, celebrating women doing amazing things in pursuit of climate justice
- The Tantrum that Saved the World book information
- 2040 trailer
- 2040 film information
Community Action Links
- Climate for Change: information and conversation with friends and family guided by a facilitator from Climate for Change, including meaningful empowering actions one can take.
- Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC)
- Why kids are striking for climate
- Greta Thunberg’s speech at the UN
- Extinction Rebellion
- The Port Phillip EcoCentre (based in St Kilda – a place where environmental solutions are hatched and nurtured – mentoring, seminars and workshops for volunteers, community, students, teachers and schools).
Climate Change and Wellbeing
- Climate Change Empowerment Handbook – phychological strategies to tackle climate change (Australian Psychlogical Society)
- Climate and Health Alliance
- Creative methods to process climate change emotions, maintain wellbeing, and build resilience
- Free resources for parents and caregivers for coping with climate change stress, from Psychology Week 2019 (Australian Psychological Society)
- A new approach for teachers to engage in climate conversations in the classroom (A.CT.I.V.A.T.E)
- Young people’s voices in the climate crisis, a free resource from the Australian Psychological Society
- How to talk to children about Australia’s bushfire crisis, tips from UNICEF
Climate Change and Philosophy
- The Philosophy Club
- Young Environmental Philosophers Melbourne (program of the Philosophy Club)
Modules and Lesson Plan
- Climate Teaching & Learning Sequence: eight modules for upper primary or lower secondary students