School Sustainability Resources

“No one is too small to make a difference.”

– Greta Thunberg

Calling all Ealing schools to make a difference! As powerhouses of new ideas and skill development, Ealing’s schools can connect pupils, teachers and families to prepare for a greener future.. 

Who wants more climate learning in schools….

  • Pupils want to learn more about the environment.1
  • The majority of teachers agree climate change education should be compulsory in schools.2
  • Future employers are looking for employees with a green skillset.3
  • The Department of Education believes it is important for schools to prepare pupils for a more sustainable future.4

Check out the resources and activities below for incorporation into school life. There is something for everyone. Please let us know what you find helpful so we can make sure this site provides the very best inspiration for sustainable school communities. ENJOY!

COP26

Carbon footprint

  • Giki – an award winning app that offers clear steps and ideas for individuals and groups/schools to cut carbon
  • Let’s Go Zero – join the hundreds of UK schools that are learning to cut carbon together
  • Cardiff Council Ten Day Turn Down – get inspired by Cardiff schools competing to save the most energy (intro & energy saving tips)
  • Blue Peter Green Badge – join the thousands of young people who have already saved over 200,000 tonnes of carbon to earn their Green Badge

Plastic pollution

  • Plastic Pioneers – tried and tested by thousands of pupils, the tips in this report give schoolwide ideas to cut plastic
  • Treasure Your River – join this buccaneering schedule of events and activities aimed at reducing the plastic pollution in the UK’s rivers (including the Thames)
  • Kids Against Plastic – a site packed with inspiration and ideas from kids for kids
  • Plastic Free Schools – qualify as an official “Plastic-free School”
  • Everyday Plastics – a fun and interactive way to learn more about the plastic problem, reduce plastic waste and encourage us to take action

Air pollution

  • Clean Air Day – resources and event ideas to promote cleaner air around your school – check out the pollution calculator to understand pollution levels in your area

Biodiversity

  • Nurture your local ecosystem – simple activity ideas to get children supporting their local ecosystems
  • Backyard Nature Guardians – make the most of these fun missions and resources to get your patch of nature on the UK map
  • WWF – probably the most comprehensive range of resources for learning about supporting the world’s wildlife
  • Wild Card – something for an English lesson or current affairs session, ask pupils to politely ask the Royal Family to rewild their land – as together the Royals are the UK’s biggest landowners. Imagine how much more wild space the UK could benefit from!
  • UNEP Ecosystem Playbook – background reading for teachers and thought leaders written for the launch of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030)

Water saving

  • Water Wise – all the stats and tips to conserving water in the UK
  • Tap Chat – a playful quiz and video to initiate discussions on saving water

E-waste

  • (Re)Love Our Gadgets – a brilliant Eco Schools guide explaining the easy and vital steps for extending the life of electronic gadgets to benefit vulnerable members of the community (and cut e-waste)
  • Community Calling – an interesting resource demonstrating the how sustainable habits can also tackle social inequality right here in the UK

Oceans

  • MCS – a fantastic library of resources and activities for ocean preservation

Fashion

Sustainable eating

  • Eat Like a Champ – a brilliant primary school resource to promote healthy and sustainable eating habits
  • Food Rangers – a complete pack of resources enabling primary schools to tackle food waste
  • Healthy recipes – a handy parent guide to healthy eating

Eco-anxiety

  • Dirt is Good – a range of resources to help empower pupils to lead the change they want to see in the world
  • Clover Hogan – learn more about eco-anxiety from this brilliant young climate activist and help pupils channel their concerns with Force of Nature 
  • Thoughtbox – rummage through these eco-wellbeing resources created by educators for educators 

Healthy living

  • Outdoor Classroom Day – get your pupils outside to join the millions of pupils who take part in this fantastic outdoor learning event
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga – primary school children love this fun and friendly yoga
  • Mindfulness – a series of mindfulness exercises for young people
  • Global Dimension – a range of resources to help teachers bring compassion to the classroom when discussing global challenges and current news

Inspiring eco-change

  • The Earthshot Prize – inspire pupils of all ages by discussing the most prestigious global environment prize in history, designed to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years
  • Outrage & Optimism – the ultimate environmental podcast hosted by the facilitators of the Paris Agreement, a must-listen for anyone curious about how the world’s leaders are mobilising on climate
  • Eco Schools – qualify as an eco-school to join the largest educational programme on the planet 
  • Young Climate Warriors – brilliant weekly eco-education activities to support your school green team

Comprehensive eco-education resource banks

Teacher eco-training

Green skills

Sustainability through the year

Local engagement

  • ActForEaling Partners – check out our list of local partners to see what resources and activities are available locally. Any questions, please get in touch via: contact@actforealing.org

Citations

  1. https://www.sos-uk.org/research/schools-and-sustainability
  2. https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/5f8805cec9a94e60b31d616b/6045e0f11d947afbc651a21d_Teaching%20the%20Future%20Summary%20Report.pdf
  3. https://www.environmentalleader.com/2020/11/skills-gap-poses-threat-to-executives-in-terms-of-climate-related-risks-survey-suggests/
  4. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/top-tips-for-sustainability-in-schools

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