Quick summary: In this activity students plan and implement their school’s Earth Hour activities. They take collective action to reduce their school’s carbon footprint and help create positive change in their community. By teaching this lesson, you’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change.
In 2016, Earth Hour will celebrate the places we love that make our outdoor lifestyle and the Aussie way of life so great. Our beaches, rivers, reefs, snow-capped mountains, farmland and national parks uniquely distinguish Australia as the “lucky country”. You can become a part of the movement and start to take action on climate change by visiting earthhour.org.au to register for Lights Out or find your local event. Take part and register in Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 18th March and don’t forget to switch off on Earth Hour, on Saturday 19th March 8:30-9:30pm.
- Students understand the benefits of partaking in Earth Hour.
- Students build an understanding of the impacts of climate change.
- Students use their project planning skills to organise their Earth Hour events.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Personal and social capability.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
This lesson can be used with all the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum. Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.
Time required: 1 – 3 lessons.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – help students when communicating with school leadership and other staff members.
Resources required: Open space, white or blackboard, butcher paper.
Digital technology opportunities: Use the Earth Hour website to plan your event.
Homework and extension opportunities: Students can organise an Earth Hour event for their household. Earth Hour is Saturday 19th March at 8.30.
Keywords: Fun, Earth Hour, project planning.