In Class With… Climate Special

Topics:

Biological Sciences – Ecosystems, Living Things

Earth and Space Sciences – Renewable/non-renewable resources, The Changing Earth

Additional: Careers, Maths, Technology, Engineering

Years: 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, Senior Secondary

To young people, the changing climate is an ongoing source of anxiety. They are bombarded with devastating news and statistics almost daily, and are swamped with images of their future being dragged away by the adults in charge. And they feel powerless. They cannot vote, they don’t know how to influence policies that will impact their lives and that will leave the mess they’re going to have to fix.

The In Class With… Climate Special aims to show students how and why they can get involved in the conversations around climate change. It’s not about striking, but using their science understanding to form opinions and be part of discussions around climate change, and thinking about the role they can play in the democratic processes that affect them.

In August 2018, Greta Thunberg started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish Parliament that has since spread all over the world and now involves over 100,000 schoolchildren. Watching on from Australia was Year 8 student, Harriet O’Shea Carre. She went on to bring the Student Strike for Climate movement to Australia and gave young Australians a voice.

Two of Australia’s heavy weight influencers responsible for spearheading action on Climate Change, Doha Khan and Harriet O’Shea Carre, tell just what it took to become an effective force in this pivotal political landscape in this In Class With… Climate Special.

In Class With… Climate Special

Video Length: 29:44

In association with WOMADelaide, and Adelaide Botanic High School.

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How to be heard

In March 2019 Australian students defied calls to stay in school and went on strike for climate change action. This was the first youth-led climate strike but it didn’t just involve everyone putting their pens down and deciding not to go to school one day. Months of preparation and planning were behind the event and Junkee Media documented this as part of the Youth On Strike! series, released on the first anniversary of the strikes.

Youth On Strike! – Episode 1

Being heard isn’t just about standing up and walking out. There is a complicated planning process in advance, as well as other ways, beyond striking, to get people to listen to the youth. Hear the story of 12 students who vlogged their journey to the SS4C strikes.

Watch the rest of the series here.

What can teachers and schools do?

Every passionate teacher wants to protect their students and keep them safe. And they are also worried about the climate but are faced with a dilemma when students say they want to speak up about the issue. How can they do this responsibly and safely, and how can they do so whilst completing the school work that is mandated by government policies?

 

Teachers asked their questions to the panel at the In Class With… Climate Special to get advice from the students about how best to support them.

How can teachers support our students to get their voices heard?

Are there any resources that teachers can use to discuss climate concerns in the classroom?

The youth of today will be most affected by climate change. It’s time they were part of the discussion.