Cover image: Learning, Camera, Action!

Learning, Camera, Action!

Kate Evans, Oxfam UK's Education Marketing and Communications Manager, explains how students can develop their communication skills by making films about climate change. It is easy to forget that climate change could affect so many of the things we care about; from our families to our food to our futures. But young people are passionate and creative, and have the power to inspire the rest of us to take action. That’s why The Climate Coalition are asking children and young people around the UK to get creative and make a short film. They want young people to show everyone why fighting climate change matters. This is a great opportunity for your students, who have the chance to develop their communication skills whilst making their voice heard on one of the biggest issues facing the world today. The Climate Coalition will be featuring the most inspiring and creative films in their public campaign in 2015. Plus the best films will be shown at an exciting Close-up On Climate event later this year. Schoolboys filmingThe project is being run in collaboration with Film Club, who describe filmmaking as “an accessible and highly effective medium for engaging young minds, developing creativity and enriching understanding of film through active participation.” They can help you with the more technical stuff, providing video tutorials on skills such as structuring, storyboarding, directing and sound. Close Up On Climate could provide a real-life outcome to your lessons on climate change, and provide students with access to a medium that they don’t often have the opportunity to use. For pupils who are less confident with writing, film-making is an ideal way for them to express themselves creatively, and to work on their literacy and communications skills. Entrants don’t need to have film making experience, all they need is something to say about climate change. Find out more on the Close Up On Climate website: For more information on the issue, read our climate change feature article or browse through teaching resources about climate change.