About the Climate Action Project

This project aims to change students' behavior and societies' mindset concerning climate change and environmental threats through educacation.

Climate Change is not a hoax.
Avoiding Climate Change is a better and cheaper option than cleaning up or mitigating its impact

The Climate Action project is a free student-centered project - a 6 weeks journey involving more than 2.5 million students across 135 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 WWF and 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.

Teachers can sign up and join the project at all times. We are flexible: you can skip or combine weeks. The project used to be a yearly event in October/November and most teachers still join during those weeks - but one can join throughout the whole year.





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:

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.

Curriculum and Lesson Plans

We co-authored a free curriculum with WWF to give the right facts and context to teachers. The curriculum is available in 14 languages.
We also made lesson plans wich will guide you through the six weeks. Last but not least we have activities to be taken by students at school or at home: create your own bioplastics, solar driven car, vertical garden, etc.

Impact

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.

Initiatives

#plantED

Students across the world plant trees. In October 2019 1,1M trees were planted. This initiative is ongoing. www.plant-ed.net

Message to Space

Students can send their messages and solutions to space (ISS) (by January 1st 2021

Media and endorsements

The project was endorsed by public figures, scientists, and organizations including Jane Goodall, Amnesty International, Microsoft, WWF, NASA and UNEP.
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.

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

The project is modular, the weeks above are only suggestions.

STEP 4: evaluation through anonymous survey

Climate Action Day

On November 5 2020 we launched a free 8h lasting webinar with world-renowned speakers: Jane Goodall, David Attenborough, President Santos, ministers, activists, climate experts and students. You can watch the recordings here.