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Week 16: A Call to Learning for Climate Education
The world is struggling with COVID-19, but young people are still finding a way to act on climate change. Activist groups are hosting virtual rallies instead of live events. This week’s LIO focuses on young climate activists who are joining others in the fight for their future and making their voices heard. Many incredible young people are standing up and fighting for our planet. Knowing about and hearing from young people who resonate with your students will help motivate and inspire them to be part of the change.

The activities below will help students identify issues facing our climate and introduce them to various aspects of developing an action plan to organize within our communities and improve our climate resiliency!
A young boy named Krrish talks to the audience about the importance of climate action. He visits his friends via technology who are youth activists around the globe, and they share their stories of working towards reversing the effects of climate change. 



Activities
  • Watch this video to inspire your students to act on climate change
What did you think of A Call to Climate Learning for Climate Education?
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This inspiring picture book retells the story of Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who has led a global movement to raise awareness about the world's climate crisis. This picture book makes this important topic accessible to young children. Greta is a little girl who lives in a beautiful forest threatened by the Giants. When the Giants first came to the woods, they chopped down trees to make houses. Then they chopped down more trees and made even bigger homes. Greta knows she has to help the animals who live in the woods, but how? Luckily, Greta has an idea; she believes that no one is too small to make a difference and change the world.


Activities
  • Listen to Greta and the Giants based on the story of climate activist Greta Thunberg
  • What is Climate Change? is one of the big question’s students can investigate using the Climate Kids website
  • Empower students to be leaders for change by introducing them to the Climate Action Superheroes. Begin with the Truth Talker mission students learn the facts about climate change and share them with others
  • Visit the Kids Against Climate Change, a website created by kids for kids. Check out the What Can Kids Do? Tab for action ideas
  • Create a climate action message sign and hang it in your window
  • Get the students outside to participate in a Climate Change Scavenger Hunt
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In this climate education activity, students have a look at how young people are protecting our planet.
They discover more about the role of a Climate Activist and learn about how they are supporting Global Goal 13. Students use Google Earth tools to explore our natural world and learn more about youth activists for climate change worldwide. They discuss different actions they can take to tackle climate change.


Activities
What did you think of Earth: It’s Everybody’s Home?
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Grades 8-12
Students learn about climate change and its impacts before taking action to improve climate resiliency within their communities. The Y-Adapt resource is an interactive, game-based curriculum that educates, engages and inspires youth to act in their communities to adapt to climate change.


Activities
  • Learn more about some of Canada’s leading young climate activists
  • As a group activity in class, complete the Climate Change People Search together. Have the students summarize their collective feelings about climate change and what they can do about it as a class
  • Test your knowledge on the causes of climate change and how it impacts the lives of people 
  • Use these sheets to help you choose and plan a project idea
  • Submit a letter to the Write2Know letter-writing campaign that allows you to ask federal ministers and scientists questions that matter to you. Read some of the questions asked by fellow students
  • Design a t-shirt that effectively communicates the importance of climate change. The design could include a slogan and illustrations or icons that reflect the importance of being informed about climate change
  • Organize a Climate Strike online with the help of the Fridays For Future digital toolkit
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About Learning Inside Out

Above you will find a selection of activities, broken down by various grade levels. These guides will be released weekly and archived on our Learning Inside Out page, so you can always access the full catalogue.

All activities have been modified from resources on our R4R database, simplified and adapted for both outdoor learning in the school yard or at-home as needed. The activity descriptions above should contain all the information and links that you need!

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