This lesson explores education as a climate change solution and guides students to create their own education project as a means of informing and inspiring positive change.
Step 1 - Inquire: Students discuss what education and climate change are and whether they think education can be a solution to climate change.
Step 2 - Investigate: Students participate in a class activity to determine if learning new information can impact people’s intentions or behavior.
Step 3 - Inspire: Students create a climate change education project to educate members of their family, classroom, school, or community.
Students create their own education project to inspire change in their community.
Project Drawdown connects educating girls and family planning. Education and empowerment of girls and women is a very impactful climate solution.
The Investigate section activity should be judgment-free.
The embedded videos in the Investigate section in the Teacher Slideshow have been automatically formatted to play the most important parts of the videos.
Students should be able to complete their outlines and some research in the lesson plan’s allotted time, but additional time may be needed for students to conduct their education projects.
Teachers can assign a student to use a calculator to find the class percentages during the Investigate section survey questions.
Teachers can change the wording of the survey questions in the Investigate section to relate best to their specific class.
Teachers can use a thumbs up or thumbs down system to survey the class and ensure total buy-in.
Teachers can give students more time to explore beef, food waste, and renewable energy during the activity in the Investigate section.
Students can turn and talk to discuss learning during the Investigate section videos and readings.
Education projects can be done in groups, individually, or as a whole class project.
Education is a key solution to the global climate crisis. This lesson inspires students to understand how education can change peoples' behavior towards reducing their carbon footprint. It also contains activities and videos to build students' capacity to educate and lead in climate conversation and action. This lesson has passed our science credibility process and is recommended for teaching.