Heat Up Over Climate Change: Be the Change
This lesson plan is a part of the Heat Up Over Climate Change action pack. The objective of this lesson plan is to provide practical support for your group to take positive action on climate change through an inspiring initiative. The Heat up action pack can be used by peer educators, youth workers and teachers and is designed to get your group thinking about and taking action on climate change. It offers a variety of activities focused on background information, answering “big questions” and student action plans.
Time Required: 1 month +
Follow these key steps and start taking your climate action!
1)Decide on the key issue and audience you want to focus on.
-Ask your group to think about climate change and everything they have learnt about how it affects the world’s most vulnerable people. As a group, is there something you could do about the situation? It’s a massive issue but there is something we can all do about it.
-First, you need to choose what issue you’re going to focus on. Some suggestions can be found on page 15 of the action pack.
-To get you started you could take the Issues Cards provided (or come up with your own!) and rank them in the shape of a diamond – with the most important at the top of the diamond shape, and the least at the bottom.
Try to do this by reaching a group consensus on each one. This could be done dramatically: get the group to work in smaller teams and create an advert to convince other young people why that particular issue is important. Present these back to the group.
-Ask the group to write down the most convincing arguments and statements that led them to identify these issues as the most important.
Who is the audience for this issue? (For example, if it’s sustainable transport it could be local councillors and schools.)
Once you’ve all agreed on the relative importance of the issues, ask the group how you might be able to create a campaign for change around the most important issues identified.
-Agree who the target audience for this issue is. You can decide this by identifying which group you want to see take action (is it the government, the local school, your family, friend or community?)
2)Decide what you can do with that issue to bring about change.
-Get your group to read through the “Action Ideas” (page 15-17 in action pack). You could ask
the group to split into two and each considers half. Then get them back together and ask each group to present their favourite ideas.
-Are there any other ideas the group could come up with?
-How do these ideas work for your target audience?
-As a group, vote on your favourite idea.
3. Research – what is already happening locally, nationally and globally? Could you link up with existing groups or campaigns?
4. Planning – decide what you want to do and how you’re going to do it.
5. Prepare, prepare, prepare!
6. And… action.
7. Evaluate – and get in touch to tell us how it went (fill out page 18 in the action pack)
-Copies of "Issue Cards" (see page 15 of action pack) -Copies of "Action Idea Cards" (see pages 16-17 of action pack)
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