World Environment Day is the UN’s principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.
Every year, the United Nations Environment Program honours World Environment Day on June 5 to raise awareness about environmental issues and call for action. The WED theme this year is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care."
To help you celebrate World Environment Day and promote environmental awareness across your school we have compiled a list of 10 activity ideas!
- 1. Design a Poster Competition – Why not got your pupils to design posters to promote sustainable development? This simply yet effective idea is a great way of engaging your pupils and getting them to consider key environmental issues.
- 2. Recycling Litter – Ask your pupils to bring an item of litter into school and get them to make an alternative use for it.
- 3. Grown Your Own Food – Set up a school eco-garden where the children are educated about what they eat and given the chance to grow their own food. As part of the programme, the children get the chance to experience the wonderful feeling of cooking and eating something that they have grown themselves, from a simple seed. Open futures is a skills-based curriculum program that aids schools in setting up a “Grow it” program. More information can be found here: http://www.openfutures.com/
- 4. Wind Turbine Challenge - Ask students to design a simple wind turbine capable of lifting a cup off the floor up to bench height. The winning team will be the one producing a machine that lifts the most weight. More info can be seen here: http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/geography/files/windpowerchallenge.pdf
- 5. Energy Saving Week – As a group activity, get your pupils to compile a list of possible ways to save energy in their day-to-day life. Then, ask them to keep a tally of every time they perform something on the list. At the end of the week, pupils should add up their total and see how many points they’ve achieved.
- 6. Eco-Carols - Give new life to an old tune, by reworking the words to tell a story about our human relationship to nature and the Earth. More information can be seen here: http://greenteacher.com/ecocarols-a-creative-approach-to-reinvention/
- 7. Eco Fair – Organise a school fair or swap shop where pupils can sell or swap unwanted items, such as clothes and toys. There can also be stalls selling green/ethical products, services and information.
- 8. No Paper Day - A big challenge for pupils and teachers! Is it possible for your whole school to go without paper? No photo copying! No writing! No printing! Get your pupils to come up with inventive ways of not using paper in lessons and to record their work. More information on how to become a paperless school can be seen here: http://www.edudemic.com/ultimate-guide-paperless-classroom/
- 9. Environmental Poems – Get your pupils think of a key term relating to World Environment Day and create shape poems for these words.
- 10. Walk to School Week – Plan a walk to school week to encourage parents and pupils to become more active and reduce their carbon footprint. If you’re thinking of implementing a walking to school initiative, here is some fantastic support information from living streets: http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-with-us/walk-to-school
To support these fantastic activities, and promote environmental awareness, we have created a range of Eco-posters.
Our NEW Eco-poster pack is the ideal resource to help support World Environment Day and inspire environmental awareness in your school! The pack includes 6 core environmental themes, including Sustainable Development, Pollution and Global Warming, for only £19.95!
The pack also includes a FREE World Environment Day poster!
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