Resources for use with children

Websites

The Climate Coalition - https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/

The Climate Coalition is a group of  over 130 organisations — including the National Trust, Women's Institute, Oxfam, and RSPB - reaching across the UK to show our love for all the things we want to protect from climate change, and to ask politicians to put aside their differences and commit to doing whatever is necessary to protect them

Global Weirding - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi6RkdaEqgRVKi3AzidF4ow

Global Weirding is a YouTube Channel by Katharine Hayhoe who is a Canadian climate scientist currently working in the USA. The videos are short and easy to understand explanations and answers to many of the main questions and objections raised about climate change.

 

Story of Stuff - https://storyofstuff.org/

The Story of Stuff is a project to deal with the fact that we simply have too much stuff. There are some simple animated videos showing how things are made, used and disposed which help us to understand the problems they cause.  The videos can also be found on YouTube under Story of Stuff.

CBBC Newsround Climate Change - http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/specials/climate_change/default.stm

CBBC site providing some background information on climate change.

Skeptical Science - https://skepticalscience.com/

A more technical resource providing background scientific information.

NASA Climate Kids - https://climatekids.nasa.gov/

NASA's Climate Kids website tells the story of our changing planet through the eyes of the NASA missions studying Earth. Targeting upper-elementary-aged children, the site is full of games, activities and articles that make climate science accessible and engaging.

Met Office Weather for kids - https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/learn-about/met-office-for-schools

"Combining world-leading meteorology expertise with a sense of fun and adventure, our programme’s free set of curriculum-linked resources aim to spark students’ curiosity in the world around them and help them understand the effects of weather and climate on their community, either as a one-off activity or as part of a wider scheme of work."

 

Climate Central Risk Zone map - https://ss2.climatecentral.org/#9/52.7180/0.2156

This map shows which coastal areas will flood due to different amounts of sea level rise.

How electricity is generated - https://www.electricitymap.org/ 

Greenhouse Gas emissions by country  - https://ourworldindata.org/co2-and-other-greenhouse-gas-emissions 


 

Books

“The Tantrum That Changed The World” by Megan Herbert and Michael Mann

A story about a young girl who encounters various people and creatures affected by climate change who decides to speak out and demand action.  The second part of the book explains the situations of each of the climate change victims she encounters.

Basher Science ‘Climate Change’

A reference book with a page for many of the terms which children may encounter in their exploration of climate change.

 

“What a Waste” by Jess French

A larger format book which go through many of the issues concerned with consumption, waste, environmental breakdown and climate change.

“Climate Change” Ladybird Books by Tony Juniper, Emily Shuckburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales

Although it is a Ladybird book it’s more suited to older children, maybe those too old for Ladybird books.


 

Videos

David Attenborough speaks with Greta Thunberg (36')

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRFY4ss2W2A

HELP - A sick woman asks for help. An analogy with the earth overheating. (1'51")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4QtMze5VJE&list=PLxZ7HrxiUEeBkDoKln5jim-xg7bWeMDJn&index=2&t=0s

Phil Kingston - We’ve lost our way (2'41)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29lISCGqivY&list=PLxZ7HrxiUEeBkDoKln5jim-xg7bWeMDJn&index=11&t=0s

Greta Thunberg speaking to EU leaders (4'11" + short ads)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWsM9-_zrKo&list=PLxZ7HrxiUEeBkDoKln5jim-xg7bWeMDJn&index=11

The Intercept - A view from the USA of how a positive future might look. (7'35")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9uTH0iprVQ&list=PLxZ7HrxiUEeBkDoKln5jim-xg7bWeMDJn&index=12

Man - A powerful animation showing the destructive impact of the development of humans (3'36")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfGMYdalClU&list=PLxZ7HrxiUEeBkDoKln5jim-xg7bWeMDJn&index=28&t=101s6

 

Explanation for children on the causes of climate change.  Made in Ireland. (3'05")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eowlsxo4HnE

A puppet rap about the economic system for older children and adults  (6'40")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx13E8-zUtA&list=PLxZ7HrxiUEeBkDoKln5jim-xg7bWeMDJn&index=32