The lives of today’s young people will be overshadowed by a changing climate – yet surveys by the campaign group Teach the Future show that only 4% of schoolchildren feel they know a lot about climate change and 75% of teachers feel inadequately trained to teach about it.
We are creating resources to help bridge this gap, and to help teachers stimulate deeper learning and conversation about climate change in lessons right across the curriculum – not just in Science and Geography, where it already features, but in other subject areas such as English, Art, Psychology and Media Studies.
We also go out to secondary schools around Cornwall and Devon to deliver screenings and activities - if you are a teacher or student and would like us to come to your school please get in touch!
This project has been made possible by a grant from Localgiving and Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Download KS5 Environmental Science resources for this documentary below.
Download KS4 and KS5 resources for our first documentary below.
Climate change poses an existential threat, and the future for young people can seem very scary.
But we can’t sweep the crisis under the carpet and pretend it’s not happening.
But equally it’s important not to induce feelings of anxiety or helplessness in young people, but to inspire them to become part of the solution, and prepare them for the green jobs of the future.
The resources below give some great advice on how to talk to young people about this huge issue – and support them in navigating their emotional responses to it where necessary.
We are delighted to have teamed up with geologist Dr Jodie Fisher and environmental science student Hayley Hill, from the University of Plymouth, who have created a set of brand new school workshops specially tailored for students from primary right up to Key Stage 5.
These workshops include learning about climate change over Earth's history (in 'the toilet roll of time'), clips and learning from our films, and creative activities and games.
Sessions can be between one and three hours, ideally for groups of up to 35 students.
There are some great resources right here in Cornwall to help connect you with what’s already going on and give you some inspiring ideas.
If you have any other ideas or suggestions please let us know – we’d love to hear them!
As a project to document the facts around climate change in Cornwall, we take our own carbon footprint very seriously and aim to tread as lightly as possible.
We operate in accordance with an environmental policy in order to keep our impact to a minimum. We are calculating the emissions of our work and investigating the most robust and effective local schemes available so that we can offset these emissions in the best way possible upon completion of the project.