Climate Change

Inside Education offers environmental & natural resource education in the form of lesson plans, activities, videos, toolkits, field trips, and classroom programs for all grade levels in a huge variety of topics and subject areas!

Climate Change and Me is designed for elementary school and also available in French. This video series covers a variety of topics including: Greenhouse effect, biomes and ecosystems, the hydrological cycle, the role of plants in the fight against climate change, sources of energy, and the waste cycle.

The Alberta Youth Leaders for Environmental Education created this climate policy resolution template with support from Schools for Climate Action. Use the template to pass a resolution with your environmental class or club, or student council using the instructions below. 

View the Template

 

Instructions for Using the Policy Template

  1. Download the template here.
  2. Review the template as a team which could be a school club, student council, and/or class with a teacher. Make a copy of it and change it to fit with your school community and local area, making it a message that you understand and are comfortable with. Discuss the changes as a group and ensure that everyone has a chance to contribute

  3. Pass and sign the resolution. Hold a vote with your whole team to pass it. Have all members sign the document (we recommend only signing your initials or first name if you are under 18) and date it. Have a chosen representative(s) sign the document with their contact email. Share a copy of your resolution, and if you’re comfortable with it, a photo with AYLEE by filling out this form.

  4. Action: Create an action plan to use your policy resolution. Include who you will share it with and how, and how you will ensure that your actions will uphold your resolutions.

  5. Follow up: Continue to check in as a team with your progress on the resolution. Share updates with AYLEE and other schools who are passing resolutions.

Note: If at any time of using the instructions for the policy template you have any questions or concerns regarding the steps, please feel free to contact AYLEE through our Youth Program Coordinator at shauna@abcee.org

 

Suggested Timeline 

  • Review: An estimate of a two weeks upon introduction of the policy template as a group, based on a group this time can be lengthened or shortened.
  • Pass and Sign: Set a date and time to hold a vote one week after the time of review.
  • Action: One to two weeks to finalize the action steps, however this is an ongoing process and does not need to be finalized.
  • Follow up: Throughout the use of the template, we encourage actively participating and keeping the resolution accountable through checking in with AYLEE and other schools. This is all dependent on your group's progress and capacity. 

In all, a timeline for using a policy template is flexible, but we believe it is helpful and important to have a timeline or a goal set by your group that you can work towards and change if need be.

This resource library includes videos, podcasts, games, and activities. There are grade level recommendations and a brief description of the content of the resources. Topics include autonomous vehicles, biodiversity, carbon footprints, cities, climate change, environmental justice, food, material use, waste, personal transportation, renewable energy, residential buildings, and wastewater. 

This video featuring Ankur Shah  describes a practical framework for climate action on different levels (individual, community, city, state/federal) and provides actionable resources to apply climate solutions. It features the work of Project Drawdown, Project Regeneration, CLEAN, Climatebase, Work on Climate, Terra.do, Pachamama Alliance, Citizens' Climate Lobby, ClimateScience, and more! All of the links to resources and references are in the video description. 

 

This toolbox for climate education can be used in a variety of high school courses and university courses. The suite of resources includes assignments, discussion questions and prompts, and Ted Talk videos that pair well with the materials. 

Cranky Uncle uses cartoons, humour, games, and activities to teach students about critical thinking and how to recognize misinformation. See also the videos explaining the resource and the damaging impact of climate misinformation. 

The Climate Generation resource library provides climate literacy materials and climate action tools for audiences of all ages, including lesson plans, toolkits, and action projects.

Canada's Outdoor Learning Store sells a variety of book bundles, guides, and kits to aid educators in taking learning outdoors. Search the shop by seasons, themes, type, language, and age level. It is run as a social enterprise which allows them to provide a return for outdoor learning non-profit organizations from across the country, and beyond.

The Alberta Youth Leaders for Environmental Education (AYLEE) Green Leaders Kit has been created by youth for youth across Alberta so that they can work toward a more sustainable future by making real change. Explore our suggestions for planning a climate related event, having climate conversations, and how you can make a meaningful difference by taking action. This kit is designed to be versatile and applicable in a variety of climate driven endeavours, so everyone is included. That's why we've curated resources to help us structure this toolkit into four of the most important parts of a climate movement: Learning & Getting Involved, Hosting an Event, Having Climate Conversations, and Taking Action.

Access the Kit at: https://www.ayleegreenleaderskit.com/