Resources

Find the latest resources to explore climate emergency issues with young people in the lead up to COP26.

COP26 Specific

COP26 Explained

An introduction to what COP26 is and what needs to be achieved, including the answers to frequently asked questions.

COP26 Presidency Programme

Access the COP26 presidency programme here to find out what's happening during the 12 days of COP from 1st - 12th November.

 

Guidance & Further Reading

Hold Your First Climate Action Event

Whether online or in person, making a difference in the places where we live is the most powerful way we can respond to the climate emergency. Read guidance on how to host your first Climate Action event.

Climate Action Plan for Councils

We need councils to turn their political promises on the climate emergency into concrete action by adopting a climate action plan. Find out how to get your council to adopt a Climate Action Plan.

What is Climate Change?

Explore 13 resource modules all on the topic of Climate Change, from the greenhouse effect, to the Paris Agreement.

Climate Teaching Resources

Browse this collection of teaching resources that explore the topic of the climate. Engage your students through activity kits, lesson plans, and tailored PowerPoint presentations.

Education Scotland's National Improvement Hub

Access a range of online resources to provide practitioners from early level onwards with high-quality, accurate and topical resources to help them teach about climate change.

Climate Debt MP Briefing

A briefing to help you speak to your local MP about climate justice and debt cancellation.

NatureScot - Professional Learning

This series of professional learning activities can be done in your own time and at your own pace and will support you through the steps to learning in local greenspace in manageable chunks.

Scottish Government - Outdoor Space Guidance

Guidance and advice for early learning and childcare settings and practitioners on how to access outdoor spaces to create safe, nurturing and inspiring outdoor learning experiences.

Scottish Outdoors Access Code

This resource has been developed to help leaders support young people to explore andunderstand their rights and responsibilities in the outdoors and apply them to their daily lives. It provides activity ideas that are around the themes of the Curriculum for Excellence, including Learning Outdoors and Citizenship.

UNA Scotland - Big Goals, Small Changes

Whether or not you have just been introduced to the idea of sustainable living or have been trying to better your lifestyle for a while now, this guide will be a great resource for you!

Young Scot - Scottish Outdoor Access Code

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code is all about your rights and responsibilities when you're making the most of Scotland's great outdoors. Whether it's your local green space or beyond, it's important that you #KnowTheCode.

YouthLink Scotland - Outdoor Learning and Education Recovery

This document provides information on opportunities to collaborate with outdoor learning organisations in the Covid-19 recovery phase. It is intended to support local authorities and school leaders, reflecting Scottish Government guidance on working with partners, to plan and deliver Curriculum for Excellence in the Recovery Phase and ensure continuity of learning.

Exploring Climate Justice with Young People

This social studies resource looks at the climate emergency through a Human Rights lens. The perfect Global Citizenship accompaniment to STEM learning for COP and beyond!

Climate Change Makers

Explore how children and young people can share their ideas on tackling climate change with adult decision-makers across Scotland.

Climate Anxiety in Young People Report

This study offers the first large-scale investigation of climate anxiety in children and young people globally and its relationship to government response.

 

Toolkits

Beyond Your Boundary Toolkit

This resource is for educators of any subject, working with pupils of all stages. It will help you to find, access, use and improve your local greenspace and spread and embed learning in local greenspace in your establishment.

Climate Justice, Climate Change Toolkit

This resource aims to support youth organisations as they explore the issue of climate change from a global justice perspective. It details the impact of climate change on our planet, the inequality of its consequences on people and why this is unjust.

Oxfam - Take Climate Action at Home

Inspired by some of the communities Oxfam works with around the globe, this resource includes ideas for taking climate action at home.

Young Friends of the Earth

This toolkit brings together intersectionality and climate justice with a series of practical tips, workshops and more.

Keep Scotland Beautiful - Litter Pick Plus Toolkit

Your guide to running a successful Clean Upevent and maximising its impact.

 

Lesson Plans & Activities

Shaping Our Future: The Climate Challenge

These lesson plans and supporting resources have been developed for use by teachers and educators of young people aged 7 to 14 to challenge, inspire and empower them to tackle climate change.

Activities for Global Citizenship

This resource provides youth workers access to activities focussed on global citizenship, encouraging young people to engage in global sustainable development and social justice.

Climate Change Detectives

A climate change detective activity sheet to get your young people thinking about the eco errors that are wasting energy and money around the home.

Climate Emergency Activities

This is a collection of activities from Woodcraft Folk, for children and young people that will help you to better understand the climate and ecological crisis and our part in it.

 

Videos

WaterBear

A free video streaming network dedicated to climate-related films.

Why is 1.5 degrees such a big deal?

Watch this video for a brief answer to one of the key questions about climate change: Why is 1.5 degrees such a big deal?

Where does all the carbon we release go?

Watch this video for a brief answer to one of the key questions about climate change: Where does all the carbon we release go?

Why act now?

Watch this video for a brief answer to one of the key questions about climate change: Why act now?

Why is the world warming up?

Watch this video for a brief answer to one of the key questions about climate change: Why is the world warming up?

What is net zero?

Watch this video for a brief answer to one of the key questions about climate change: What is net zero?

 

Climate Leadership for Young Practitioners

Handbook 1

This handbook provides an introduction to the theory behind climate change and provide links to session plans and online content which you can use with your young people.

Handbook 2

This handbook provides an introduction to social action and provide links to session plans which you can use with your young people.

Handbook 3

This handbook provides tips on how to engage young people about climate change when using social media.

 

Quizzes & Games

Climate Action Superheroes

This Climate Action Superheroes game aims to empower children to be heroic leaders for change. Each of their missions has downloadable content including activities for kids to do with the help of an adult, including a fun quiz for you to see how much you know about sustainability!

ClimateHero Carbon Calculator

Take the quiz to calculate how big your carbon footprint is.

WWF Footprint Calculator

Take the questionnaire to see how big your environmental footprint is.

Electric Vehicles Quiz

How much do you know about Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV)? Put your knowledge to the test - take the quiz!

 

Other Resources

Designing for the Circular Economy

This presentation is designed to be used as part of the Design Thinking Project, where students will learn about the Circular Economy and repurpose objects from their everyday lives using the principles of Design Thinking. Download supplementary presentation plan.

OWL Scotland Resources

Explore a wide range of outdoor learning resources from OWL Scotland. Search the library using keywords, or by topic or age and stage.

Slow Ways

Use Slow Ways to discover suggested walking routes between neighbouring cities, towns and villages.

Woodland Trust - Find Woods

Take a look at the Woodland Trust woods near you with this helpful map. Discover the best woods for walks, wildlife watching and history.

 

Posters & Calendars

Countryside Calendar

Find out about the different land management activities going on throughout the year using this calendar.

Explaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Access the sustainable development goals, explained in an easy to understand, cartoon poster format.

Nature's Calendar

Here’s a list of the species and events that you can record for Nature’s Calendar. This list has been carefully selected by scientists to help us understand how wildlife is affected by weather and climate change.

Our Scots Pine

A beautiful poster of Scotland's national tree 'Our Scots Pine', illustrated with a selection of the flora and fauna associated with the tree, as well as uses.

What's on My Plate?

A sustainable development goals poster to support young people to stop and think about the food on their plate and where it came from.

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