This toolkit helps youth workers inform young people about the climate emergency, and empower them to take positive action.

Although the toolkit is targeted at youth workers who have completed the Climate Emergency Training for Youth Workers course, it should prove useful to many youth work settings.

The toolkit includes activities to help young people learn about, and discuss the impact of our choices on climate change, environment and people. The activities also introduce opportunities to find out more and take positive action to tackle climate change.

Learning takes place through facilitated discussion, interactive exercises, games and films, with every session having in-person and online delivery options. The activities meet a variety of youth work outcomes and are flagged with suggested age ranges, resources and timings.

Activities are organised into five sections, with the first section covering climate change, and four further sections focussed around the themes of food, travel, energy and waste. Further resources will be added, but if there is a resource or activity you would find useful in your youth work area, please do get in touch.

The toolkit has been designed by Keep Scotland Beautiful and YouthLink Scotland and is part of the Youth Leader Climate Project funded by the Scottish Government.


Climate change activities

These activities will help young people learn more about climate change and its causes and impacts through games, films and discussions.


Bingo (age 8+) - Is your youth group filled with climate action enthusiasts? An introductory activity to gauge your group’s feelings and experiences of climate action.

Scavenger Hunt Indoors Activity (age 8+) - To put your knowledge of climate change into action and find real life examples of climate change impacts and solutions.

Emissions matching (age 9+) - Learn more about different greenhouse gases and use creative methods to describe how reaching net zero emissions will impact young people.

Ranking activity (age 10+) - Explore how different countries contribute to and experience climate change.

Scotland 2100 (age 10+) Welcome to the future. Map how climate change has impacted your community and the rights of young people.

Climate negotiations (age 12+) – Put yourself in the shoes of global decision makers and see if you can agree on a climate solution.

Board game (age 12+) - A fun way to learn some trivia about climate change. Board Game cards are available here.

Become a climate action influencer (age 13+) - Use social media for good and create your own content to urge others to take climate action.

Climate emergency quiz (age 13+) - Learn new facts and stats about the global climate emergency with this quick-fire quiz.

Scavenger Hunt Outdoors Activity (age 13+) - To put your knowledge of climate change into action and find real life examples of climate change impacts and solutions.

Film club (age range dependent on film) – Use films to start the conversation about climate change.


Food activities

These activities will help young people calculate the carbon footprint of the food we eat and learn about food miles. They'll also be able to design a low carbon lunchbox and explore local food options.


Lunch boxes (age 7+) - Calculate the carbon footprint of the food we eat and see if you can design a low carbon lunch.

Eat locally (age 7+) - How far has our food travelled to get to our plate? Find out more about food miles and explore locally grown food options in your area.


Travel activities

These activities will help young people explore barriers and solutions to travelling more sustainably.



Map your journey (age 8+) - How big is your footprint? Challenge yourself and your pals to reduce your collective carbon footprint by changing the way you travel to youth club.

Snapshot of active travel photo activity (age 8+) - Cameras at the ready as you explore barriers and solutions to active travel in the community.


Energy activities

These activities will help young people to learn about the carbon footprint of our buildings and how we can reduce them.



Youth club audit (age 10+) - Take a closer look at your youth work setting to see if you can reduce the carbon footprint with a variety of practical activities.


Waste activities

These activities will help young people explore their own relationship with fashion and learn more about the processes and impacts involved in making a pair of jeans.


Fast fashion (age 10+) - Explore your relationship with fashion and the impact the fashion industry has on the environment and people around the world.

Fast fashion, supply chains (age 14+) - Do you know the steps that go into making a pair of jeans? Arrange the fashion supply chain and learn more this complex global process.

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