Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Are your kids starting to ask some curly questions about climate change? These step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions on how to cover a lot of the basics of climate change, and provides some actions you can take to have a positive impact on the environment. 

Time required: 60 minutes or so.

Resources Required:

  • A computer with access to the internet
  • The ‘teacher’ worksheet (below), which you can print off. This has all the instructions to follow.
  • Factsheet – Everything you need to know about Climate Change. It would be handy to print this out ready to read.
  • Paper – lined or blank, it doesn’t matter.
  • Pencils or pens.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to approach challenging topics through a Hope and Optimism lens, consider our PD course.


Teacher Worksheet

Activity Instructions

Part A: What do we already know?

Step 1. Begin by having a chat with your kid/s.

  • What have you heard about climate change?
  • Where did you hear this?
  • What is climate change, according to you? What do you think it means? Can you give me an example?
  • How are you feeling about climate change?

While climate change is a real-world issue essential for kids to understand, there is no doubt it can make them feel sad or anxious about the future, which seems to be turning darker and scarier by the day.

Reassure your kids that we can have a hopeful and optimistic outlook on this issue, rather than one of doom and gloom. Explain that optimism involves looking objectively at a situation and making a conscious decision to focus on the good (more info), and that hope is the belief that you can make an impact (more info). Explain to students that you are going to look ahead, identify what needs to be improved, and then work on the skills and confidence so that they c

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