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.
This activity has been created in partnership with WWF-Australia. Earth Hour is the world’s largest community-driven climate change campaign. At the centre of Earth Hour is switching off lights to show a commitment to taking action. Thousands of educators use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.
For the most up to date Earth Hour dates, times, and events, check here.
- 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.
Keywords: Fun, Earth Hour, project planning.