Activity 10 (Elaborate): Doing Our Part
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In this action-oriented activity, students think about individual and group actions they can take to fight climate change. They also engage with stories that show the power that young people have to make a difference in the fight against climate change. Using this information, students create individual pledges and develop a group action project to address climate change in their community.
Timing and other thoughts on this activity: Climate change can be disheartening for students, especially if they have routinely been presented with “doom and gloom” scenarios about the future of the planet. Providing an opportunity for them to make small changes for themselves and their communities is an important way to build their sense of empowerment, and to learn to live the “think globally, act locally” philosophy. This activity presents a variety of options that take different amounts of time, resources, and effort to achieve. Choose those that fit within your constraints, and provide students with the opportunities to make a real difference. If the project goes on for multiple days, you may choose to give students the assessment (Activity 11) when students need a break from the project.
Activity Objectives & Materials
Approximate Time: 2 or more class periods (120+ minutes)
Students will use what they have learned in the module to create individual and group action plans to address climate change.
Students will advocate for climate change in their communities by completing a group action project.
Computer & projector
Speakers (for video)
Student computers (optional)
Make A Pledge!
My carbon footprint
What I Can Do, What We Can Do
1. Frame the Activity
2. Carbon Footprints (optional)
3. What Can We Do?
4. Make an Individual Plan
5. Choose a Group Project
6. Plan the Project
7. Implement the Plan
8. Celebrate Success!