Climate Ed – Impact and Progress
Climate Ed was set up in October 2018 and began operating in schools in November. This is a short summary of what we have achieved since then.
We have worked with the following schools across the boroughs of Lambeth, Wandsworth, Merton and Croydon: Ravenstone, Loughborough, Cranmer (primaries) and Chestnut Grove Academy, Ernest Bevin College, Ricard’s Lodge High School, Bensham Manor School (secondaries).
We have worked with groups of students ranging from 15-40, delivering mainly lunchtime workshops covering the essentials of climate science including topics such as: the greenhouse effect, the causes and impacts of climate change and carbon footprinting. We have used a variety of resources but the main one has been the video series Our Climate Our Future, made by the Alliance for Climate Education based in the USA.
The response from the children has been very enthusiastic with 95% of students feeling that the programme enhanced their understanding of climate change. In the words of one participant:
“I knew about climate change before but had no idea how to prevent it but now I feel passionate about the topic and I know how I can help.”
As well as teaching children we have also supported them to carry out social action projects in their local community. For each school we worked with, after learning about climate change, the students went out into their community to talk to members of the public and engage them on the topic, asking them what they knew about the subject, what action they were taking, and clarifying their knowledge where necessary.
For these actions we went to a variety of locations including Brixton Market, Tooting Market, Wimbledon town centre, Balham and, on July 1st, we will be taking a group to Trafalgar Square for London Climate Action Week. We are grateful to Kelly Coombes from Stephen Tindale Climate Answers who joined us for the outreach event in Balham.
In April a member of Lambeth Council visited one of our partner schools to conduct a Q&A with the children. Since then, Lambeth have invited us to deliver a programme about carbon footprints to all the schools in the borough.
We are currently trialling the programme with Loughborough Primary School, and we hope to begin delivery to more schools in September. Charity Development In this initial set up phase we have also been carrying out essential functions such as maintaining the website, making a publicity video, getting t-shirts designed and printed, recruiting trustees and registering as an official charity.
Throughout this period Vivina and I have worked as volunteers. However we are hugely grateful to Stephen Tindale Climate Answers for a grant of £5000 which we have been using to cover our expenses for things such as website fees, producing learning resources and making t-shirts.