Passionate students are not a new thing. But the recent global walkout of over 1.4million young people over the lack of Climate Action is unprecedented. This is new territory for schools –as recognised by the National Association of Headteachers with a motion earlier this month, pledging to support pupils to express their views and influence policy on climate change.
Environmental charity Global Action Plan spoke to schools who said they were uncertain of how to respond to the school strikes, and how to channel this excitement into constructive action. The charity has answered that need by launching a Climate Chaos Response Toolkit to help teachers build on the enthusiasm, meet students demands to have their voice heard in a way which is safe and manageable for the leadership team.
The Climate Chaos Response toolkit is a free, practical resource to provide simple tools to support school leadership teams and governors to develop or build on their school’s positive response to the climate chaos.
The kit covers a range of resources for teachers to:
• help school leaders decide their approach to and position on the strikes and how to channel student energy
• equip staff to respond effectively to pupil concern and desire to be involved
• engage students with assembly plans and activities to build pupil insight into current global and national climate initiatives
• share what the school is doing and invite input where appropriate from interested stakeholders (i.e. parents) in how they can best support pupils.
Luke Wynne, Head of Youth and Schools at Global Action Plan said: “It’s great to see so many young people empowered to act on the climate emergency. They are showing that young people can lead environmental change now, and it's their passion and action which will transform our world. Teachers can use our toolkit to encourage this passion and use it as a force for good – good for students and good for the planet.”
Sarah Hannafin, Senior Policy Advisor at National Association of Headteachers said: “The Climate Chaos Response toolkit is a useful set of resources to help school leaders harness pupils’ appetite and passion to tackle climate change in a way that suits your school – we need to help young people express their views, without compromising their personal safety, and take the issues that matter to young people seriously.”
Caroline Vernon, Head teacher at Victoria Academy said: The toolkit is "a great resource to help me prioritise and plan my management of the situation. It's straightforward and ticks all of the boxes for issues to consider."
Notes to editors
Climate Chaos Response toolkit
The toolkit is created by Global Action Plan.
About Global Action Plan
Global Action Plan is a charity established in 1993 working for a green and thriving planet where we can live happily without ruining the Earth we depend on.
- We're experts in helping people live more sustainable lifestyles.
- We do this by making connections between what's good for people and good for the planet.
- We're the people behind Clean Air Day, the UK's largest air pollution campaign.
- We work with young people on reducing consumerism and increasing wellbeing - what's good for us is often greener too.
- We bring business and young people together to work on a sustainable future - helping young people develop the skills and knowledge to tackle environmental issues is good for the planet and for everyone's future too.
Global Action Plan’s youth programmes inspire and encourage students to lead environmental campaigns in their local schools and communities across 13 countries, with over 14 million litres water and 50235 Kilograms carbon saved to date.