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How can teachers support climate action during lockdown?

We're celebrating the relaunch of the Global Dimension website with a 1 hour live discussion event - and we would love you to join us!

As you may have noticed, Global Dimension has had a little bit of a makeover this month! To officially celebrate our relaunch, we’re hosting an event for our global learning teaching community - a 1 hour live discussion on Monday 25th at 17.00-18.00 GMT, bringing together teachers, young people and some of the world’s leading environmentalists to ask:

How can teachers support student action on the climate crisis in lockdown?

The event is part of UNESCO’s #Learning Planet Festival, taking place around UN International Day of Education on 25th January 2020, and will feature our fantastic experts who will share their tips and ideas on how you can inspire, motivate and integrate climate education into your remote learning during lockdown. 

Our speakers are:

  • Johan Rockstrom, Director of Potsdam Institute, internationally recognised scientist for his work on global sustainability.
  • David de Rothschild, adventurer, ecologist and environmentalist, and founder of Voice for Nature Foundation. In 2021, David is sailing ‘Plastiki’ a boat made of plastic bottles to the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow. 
  • Kulvinder Kaur Johal, a former AHT and SLT member with over 25 years teaching experience, now working as a Regional Mentor at Primary Science Teaching Trust
  • Charlie Sweetman, 14 year old climate activist and Campaign Coordinator at Teach the Future, and Lily Henderson, 16 year old climate activist and Scotland Campaign Coordinator at Teach the Future.

There will also be a live Q&A, and we’re actively encouraging your participation so be ready to share your thoughts, queries and ideas!

We know that, despite huge pressures in the return to school at the start of 2021, many teachers still feel passionately about inspiring their students to take action on the climate crisis. Yet the issue can feel very complex and translating this passion into effective remote learning is unchartered territory.

With the UN Climate Change Conference (also known as COP26), taking place in Glasgow in November, 2021 is a huge moment to positively engage young people in the climate crisis, and lockdown may even present new and interesting opportunities for learning.