My 2050 Schools Toolkit

A guide for teachers wanting to engage students in the climate change debate

KS3: ages 11-14KS4: ages 14-16Website

This toolkit has been developed by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in conjunction with Involve, Think Global and Sciencewise-ERC. It is a set of activities that can be used in the classroom to engage students in debates about climate change and energy.

The main section of the resource is a lesson based around an online simulation developed by DECC called My 2050. The UK Climate Change Act 2008 requires the UK to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. This will require a transformation in the way the UK both generates and consumes energy. How will we reduce energy demand? Should we build more wind farms, rely on nuclear power or develop other sectors? It is young people who will have to live with the consequences of decisions that are made now, so My 2050 enables students to try out different options to see what impact they have on emissions and lifestyle.

The resource explores the challenges we face in reducing carbon emissions while maintaining reliable and secure energy supplies. It lets students decide how they would fuel the UK in 2050 and compare it to others online. It gives students the change to send their ideas to DECC as they can submit their My2050 world.

The resource also provides full information on curriculum links and learning outcomes as well as links to further resources and suggestions for additional activities.


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