7 ways teachers and schools can support student action on climate change

7 ways teachers and schools can support student action on climate change

Concerned about the health of our planet, but not sure what you can do about it? There is a way teachers, schools (and parents) can help the next generation to learn to live sustainably.

Monash’s Rachel Forgasz outlines a practical framework that can be used in classrooms and as the foundation of an all-of-school approach.

The world’s leading scientists have predicted a climate catastrophe in less than 12 years if immediate action isn’t taken to reduce global warming. The need for change is urgent, and can be overwhelming. According to economist Jeremy Rifkin, we need to change much more than our approach to energy consumption and the environment. The long term survival of our species requires a radical rethink of all of our social, political and economic systems, a total transformation of consciousness. And, he says, we have just one generation to do it. So how can teachers and schools help students to know where to start?

Humans are creatures of habit. This is why making change is often hard. The 7 ways in 7 days program is designed to break down the change process into bite-sized pieces. Make one kind of change each day of the week. Continue making that change on the same day every week. Over time, changes that felt impossible will become second nature until eventually, we find ourselves transformed.

The 7 ways in 7 days framework is designed to create communities of change in support of young people, their families, and our planet.

The long-term survival of our species depends on the current generation of kid