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Take part in the largest climate change lesson in the world

November 4, 2021

You’re invited to the Great Big Lesson for Climate and Nature Live from COP26 on Friday, Nov. 5, at 9am GMT. Since there’s a good chance you’ll still be asleep at the time of the live event, if you’re in North America time zones, you can watch the recording here after with your class!

The meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, this week marks the 26th time COP (Conference of the Parties) has met, which is how the group got its name COP26. The conference was attended by countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) treaty in 1994.

What is the Great Big Lesson?

The Great Big Lesson for Climate and Nature Live from COP26 is an enormous interactive online lesson geared towards middle and high school students which will be broadcast live from the climate summit.

Who can join the Great Big Lesson?

All students aged 11+, their teachers and the wider school community are welcome to join. This is an opportunity for schools and their students to learn together and get involved in the global conversation about climate change, including climate anxiety, a continued fear of environmental doom.

Lesson Structure:

45-minute live and interactive online lesson led by AimHi Earth and YOUTHTOPIA’s Circle of Youth

15-minute Q&A session – students ask questions of the climate experts

You might find this resource packet helpful; it includes definitions and other information. Here’s a list of questions shared by AimHi to use with the lesson:

  1. What does it mean to “win” in nature? Can you think of any examples?
  2. Why is soil so critical in the fight against climate change?
  3. Why is living in a world of monocultures bad for our planet and ourselves?
  4. What are some of the individual changes we can start to make for the health of our planet, its biodiversity and ourselves?
  5. If you had 100 acres of land, what would you do with it to help our planet?

Why bother? Isn’t the climate crisis beyond repair at this point?

No! There’s still time to take action and make a difference. Your voice counts, and don’t let adults or anyone tell you differently. You’ll come away with:

  • An understanding of the key climate concepts with a focus on nature at the core
  • An engaging exploration of topics ranging from the future of food to the soil around us
  • Tools for communicating clearly with others about the climate crisis
  • Perspectives from other young people from around the world who are taking positive action in the face of the climate and nature crisis.

Looking for lessons and classroom activities on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and more?

Check out this lesson on SDGs, and this one on inventing new ways to meet SDGs.

To learn more about COP26, check out Classroom’s daily news lessons here.

Watch these animations from the World’s Largest Lesson, featuring Malala Yousafzai, Emma Watson and more. Help your students generate ideas to repair the planet by exploring Generation Earthshot.

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