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Climate Action

Climate Action

Climate Action is our new core topic and must be one of the three Topics covered in order to achieve a Green Flag Award. This topic covers learning about climate change and its effects, as well as actions that help reduce your carbon footprint.

The Climate Action Topic has natural overlap with all other topics.

This video will explain the concept of climate change and it's effects. It will then explain why Climate Action is our mandatory Topic, and discuss ideas and examples for how to cover this Topic as part of your Eco-Schools journey.

A full playlist of Eco-Schools guidance videos can be found on our YouTube channel. 

Climate Ready Classrooms

Navigating the science behind climate change and the actions which individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint can be daunting for young people and adults alike. Climate Ready Classrooms is a free accredited course on climate change and carbon literacy designed for young people aged 14–17 years.

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Climate Action Live Lessons

Interactive lessons to help your class understand what climate change is, its impacts, how we are contributing to this situation and how we can contribute to its solution. Supported with classroom resources and activities.

Climate Action Curricular Map

Experiences and Outcomes related to the Climate Action Topic.


Our Resources

A Guide to Climate Change
What is climate change and how will it affect you?

Board Game (12+)
Learn some trivia about climate change. 

Carbon Footprint of Everyday Life
An exercise on the carbon Footprint of everyday items adapted from "How Bad Are Bananas?" by Mike Berners-Lee

Carbon Footprint Guidance
A guide to calculating your carbon footprint.

Climate Action Mystery Pack
Can you figure out who is the mystery climate activist by solving these puzzles?

Climate Action Week Live Lessons
Series of interactive lessons for all ages with accompanying classroom resources.

Climate Change Bingo (8+)
An introductory activity to gauge your group's feelings and experiences of climate action. 

Climate Change Infographic
Infographic explaining the climate emergency.

Climate Change Social Script
Introduction to the concept of climate change using Boardmaker PCS Symbols

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

Climate Influencer (13+)
Use social media for good and create your own content to urge others to take climate action. 

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

Climate Ready Classrooms
Accredited Carbon Literacy course for primary and secondary pupils

Climate Storytelling Workshop (9+)
Think about how to have a productive conversation about climate change with an adult.

Craftivism Activity
Make an artwork inspired by the work of Scottish Artist Paul Bartlett. 

Emissions Matching (9+)
Learn more about different greenhouse gases and how reaching net zero emissions will impact young people.

Fast Fashion (10+)
Explore your relationship with fashion.

Fast Fashion Alternatives
To learn about alternative options to fast fashion in a fun way. 

Fast Fashion Supply Chains (14+)
Do you know the steps that go into making a pair of jeans?

Film Club
Use films to start the conversation about climate change. 

Greenhouse Gases Experiment 1
Investigate how greenhouse gases are made and their effect on temperature.

Greenhouse Gases Experiment 2
Investigate the insulating effect of greenhouse gases over time.

Host Mini COP Activity (14+)
To learn about local climate issues and solutions, and raise awareness within the community. 

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

Scavenger Hunt Indoors (8+)
Put your knowledge of climate change into action. 

Scavenger Hunt Outdoors (13+)
Put your knowledge of climate change into action. 

Scotland 2100 (10+)
Welcome to the future. Map how climate change has impacted your community. 

Sea Level Change Experiment
Demonstrate the consequences of sea and land ice melt as a result of global warming.

Sustainability Social Script
Introduction to the concept of sustainability using Boardmaker PCS Symbols

Visualising Climate Futures (7+)
Imagine a positive climate future.

Where to Start Activity
Activity to think about your role within the climate movement.

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Resources From Other Organisations

Education Scotland - Exploring Climate Change
A resource designed to help teachers improve their practice in learning and teaching relating to climate change.

Nature.Scot - Climate Change Impacts in Scotland
Climate change is happening now. How we choose to respond won’t just affect the survival of individual species and our distinctive landscapes. Climate change impacts will also affect our economy, culture and lifestyles.

Royal Geographical Society - Climate 4 Classrooms
Curriculum linked teaching resources about climate change for pupils.

SEPA - Flooding Education Resources
Resources to use with your class to talk about flood risk, climate change and emergency preparedness. Includes animations, presentations, and visits from Flood Advisors.

UNESCO - Getting Climate Ready
Do you want to make your school more climate-friendly? If so, this guide is for you!

WHO - Climate Change and Health
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has outlined the effects of climate change on our health and has produced useful infographics.

Young Climate Warriors
Young Climate Warriors is a great way to carry on conversations begun in class at home.

YPTE - Climate Change and Animals
This factsheet takes a look at some of the challenges that animals might have to face in the future.

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