With the new curriculum for 2008 encouraging pupils to become 'global citizens' teachers may be interested in two projects just launched as part of the Sustainable Schools Development Programme. The first is the Climate Challenge 2007–8 which is open to pupils from 11–18 who are concerned about climate change issues. Winners will participate in a European Climate Change Expedition and meet international representatives and senior government officials to talk about issues of concern.
The second is the 'Carbon Detectives' programme for pupils from 7–14 which help them work out their school's carbon footprint and then explore ways to reduce their carbon emissions. For details on both projects and further information on the role of the school curriculum in the climate change challenge, go to:
Learning and Teaching Scotland has launched a fantastic new resource, 'Climate Change' to help schools increase pupil awareness, understanding and action on climate change. The programme has been designed to complement the Environmental Studies 5–14 National Guidelines and is also designed to develop education for citizenship and core skills. This is an interactive website and as well as information on the causes and impact of climate change. It also offers an online image gallery, video footage and multi-media presentations. The programme encourages pupils to:
take personal action
make your voice heard
change your school
... and more importantly, provides the means and the support to help them do this.
In addition to the existing guidance on all areas associated with climate change and sustainability already available to schools through the ACCAC, the Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship website provides a wealth of support and information for schools. It provides lists of organisations that are able to offer expertise and resources. These include, amongst several others, the South East Wales Energy Efficiency Advice Centre, the Centre for Research, Education and Training in Energy and the Centre for Citizenship Studies in Education.