About the Climate Action Project
Climate Change is a real and to bring a behaviour change we need to do more than raising our voices.
Education is crucial to change mindsets.
The Climate Action project is launched in October 2020 or the fourth consecutive time involving 1 to 10 million students across 107 countries. It is supported by governments in 15 countries. The project is free, student-centered and aims to lead to a change of behavior through education. It is in collaboration with the UN, WWF, NASA and endorsed by Jane Goodall, President Higgins, Kumi Naidoo, scientists and public figures. It was covered by media across 45 countries including BBC, CNN and National Geographic.
The project allows teachers to connect and interact with other teachers from every continent. Teachers are being sent curriculum and will be personally guided by facilitators. Students will be offered great opportunities and a different way of learning. They will be the ones solving problems, sharing their findings and taking action. At the end of the project there will be live interactions and webinars by experts. Students and teachers will receive a certificate. We work very closely with large teacher organisations in 35 countries to make sure that the project is relevant to the specific needs in certain countries.
What to expect?
During 6 weeks, students will brainstorm, explore, create, discuss and share their findings online. They will try to solve problems and take action.
Each week they create a video of their findings to be published to this website. This way students are able to learn from their peers globally and will discover that climate change may appear very differently in other parts of the world. During the last week there will be live, virtual interactions via video conferencing tools, so students are able to share their findings live. We also will have hosting experts during webinars so students are able to learn from world-renowned experts. Last year we had Matt Larsen-Daw from WWF, Rick Davis from NASA, the famous and Celine Cousteau, to name a few..
We aim to give students a mindblowing experience. This leads to mindblowing outcomes.
We believe that for some topics - like climate change - there are better ways to learn than by memorizing and assessing definitions. By shifting to other learning approaches like collaborative learning, learning by doing, playful learning, learning from experts, etc we try to target skills which become increasingly important:
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving
Our approach is based on research. We work with universities to measure impact.
Age and Subjects
Our project is open for students aged 4-21. Every grade is able to participate at its own capacity. Students in kindergarden and primary education may create drawings and cardboard prototypes while students in secondary education and university may create small inventions, gain deeper understanding and do research. The project can be introduced during every subject too: Math, Science, English, History, Arts, etc.
Every age, topic and school requires a different approach.
This project aims to change behavior and mindset but had some unexpected side effects: we managed to bring change in government and society. Our project led to mindblowing outcomes. How about students planting 60 million trees in Malawi, 3D-printing coral reefs in Canada, developing solar-driven cars in India, a flashmob with famous artist in Germany, students in Indonesia developed their own ecobricks and this year... students will be even able to send their drawings and prototypes to Mars. Please do join the project and let's give our children the future they deserve.
Students across the world will plant trees during 4 weeks. Last week 1,1M trees were planted. This project is ongoing. http://plant-ed.net
2 new, secret initiatives - stay tuned!
Media and endorsements
The project was endorsed by public figures, scientists, and organizations including Jane Goodall, Amnesty International, Microsoft, WWF, NASA and UNESCO.
It was covered by national media across more than 45 countries. Our way to change mindsets and behavior in communities. During the project you will be guided to approach media. We want you to shine in newspapers, radio and television.
Ambassadors and Facilitators
Every country has its own Climate Action Project Ambassador who coordinates and reaches out to government.
Our facilitators are teachers who have been participating several times and who'll guide new teachers during the process.
After signing up you will receive more information about the project. You'll have your personal login for this website and will be able to connect to other teachers globally. This includes access to our curriculum as well.
STEP 1: Sign up, it's free
STEP 2: you receive guidelines, are part of a global platform which allows to connect to teachers from across the world, you get access to our free curriculum, there will be a webinar for teachers, you will be guided by one of our facilitators
STEP 3: the project starts
- Week 1: What is Climate Change and what would be your definition? What causes Climate Change locally? Longest list of causes
- Week 2: What are the effects of Climate Change locally? start #plantED
- Week 3: Local to global: What are causes and effects globally? Connect to a school in other continent. Penpal
- Week 4: What are potential solutions? Longest list of solutions. start #7point5
- Week 5: live interactions and expert webinars. start #Mission2Mars
- Week 6: Take action & Bring Change (Government & Media)
The project is modular, the weeks above are only suggestions.
STEP 4: evaluation via anonymous survey