The climate and ecological crisis is the greatest threat facing our planet today. As a parent, guardian, teacher or community leader, you have a unique opportunity to equip young people with the tools to take action. You also have a unique responsibility to safeguard their mental health and wellbeing: a growing concern in light of the rise of climate anxiety. This 4-module lesson plan by Force of Nature has been designed by a group of young people trained in talking about climate anxiety. The aim of it is to help you facilitate conversations about the climate crisis while safeguarding young people, navigating strong feelings, and fostering emotional resilience.
Designed primarily for KS3+, there are four modules in this series. Each module has a supplementary video, a suggested plan for classroom content, and supporting facilitator footnotes or definitions that will be helpful in running this module with students, children, or young people.
Before starting the Discussion Guide, we suggest that you watch Episodes 1 and 2 of Seat at the Table: Let’s Talk About Climate Anxiety
, so that you know what the students, children, or young people you are guiding will be seeing. We also suggest that you independently review the Introduction and Overview of this discussion guide.
Compassionate Values, Environment and Sustainability, Health and Well-being
KS3: ages 11-14, KS4: ages 14-16, KS5: ages 16+
Citizenship, PSHE / PSE / PSED, Special / SEN, Spiritual, moral, social, cultural (SMSC), Tutor/Form Groups