UN Climate Conference Resources
What is the UN Climate Conference?
Held annually, the UN Climate Conference is a meeting that brings together world leaders to discuss, and make commitments about climate change. This meeting is called the Conference of the Parties (COP), and this year the twenty-sixth Conference of the Parties is being held in the UK, in Glasgow: COP26. The UN Climate Conference have put together a range of resources to help school-age children learn about, and take part in, this historic event. COP26 is a significant turning-point, as the outcomes of this year’s climate conference will determine the future of life on earth.
CUP26: The biggest climate action game ever!
CUP26 is a virtual tournament that uses the fun of football to encourage children and families to take direct action on climate. The tournament kicked off on the 13th of September, and will run until COP26, although the lesson plans and other resources can be re-used throughout the academic year.
Schools can register and then download a pack of curriculum resources including 90 lesson plans covering a range of subjects across KS1, KS2 and KS3, promotional materials and opportunities to connect home-based activities with in-school learning.
Green School Assembly
You could organise a special school assembly to explore green issues, or inspire children to think about climate solutions. Green assemblies can be held in-person or online, with children using break-out rooms to brainstorm climate friendly behaviours.
The resources are a PowerPoint presentation that includes speaker notes.
Climate Leaders Tools
The Climate Leaders Toolkit is a collection of ready-to-use messaging and images for schools or pupils to use to showcase the work they, or their school, is doing to tackle the climate emergency.
- PDF Guide on how to use the Climate Leaders Toolkit
- Social Media Carousels
- Zoom backgrounds
- Instagram stickers
Short Projects for Early Years & Lower Primary School
These resources and short projects are designed to inspire young children to engage with wildlife and take an interest in nature. They are from a range of charities and organisations, and designed for infants and lower primary school children.
Short Projects for Upper Primary & Secondary School Children
These resources and short projects are designed to inspire children to learn about and engage with the climate emergency, as well as bringing environmental activism into the classroom.
- Use World’s Largest Lesson resources to introduce climate change to students
- Bring environmental action into the classroom with Transform our World
- Access climate guides and classroom resources on Our Planet
- Provide inspiring activities for your classroom with the Do your bit digital challenge
- Use Royal Parks, Kew Garden, or Backyard Nature online learning resources to teach students all about nature
- Looking for outdoor lesson ideas? Check out the Outdoor Classroom Day resources
- Use WWF UK free curriculum-linked resources designed to help pupils explore environmental issues in an engaging and motivating way
- Check out the Earth School 30 online ‘quests’ for students around the world to celebrate, explore and connect with nature.