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 sessions having in-person and online delivery options. The activities meet a variety of Youth Work Outcomes and UN Sustainable Development Goals and are flagged with suggested age ranges, resources and timings.
Activities are organised into five sections, with the first section covering climate change generally, and four further sections focussed around the themes of food, travel, energy and waste. Further resources may 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 COP26 Youth Climate Programme 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.
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.
Eat With the Seasons Activity (age 5+) - To learn about which foods are in season in which months.
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.
These activities will help young people to learn about the carbon footprint of our buildings and how we can reduce them.
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.
Doughnut Economics Drawing Activity (age 14+) - To learn about the concept of Doughnut Economics and how to stay within planetary boundaries.
Fast Fashion alternatives - To learn about alternative options to fast fashion in a fun way.