Every year, hundreds of schools around the world join 350.org in getting to work on the solutions to climate change—such as big bike to school events, installing solar panels, and replacing asphalt school yards with food gardens. The 350 climate movement provides a positive, fun, creative way for students to explore the issue of climate change, and what it might mean for their future. It's also their chance to engage with decision makers about the sort of future they would prefer for their world, and share ideas about how we might collectively start moving in that direction.
For example, Midland School in Los Olivos, California, USA has converted their school to 20% energy use from solar, and they are moving forward towards carbon neutrality at a rate of 3% per year. Check out the full story here.
What does 350 mean for schools?
Getting back to 350 is a unique opportunity to remake our schools and communities in ways that are healthier, more locally self-sufficient, and honor traditional and indigenous wisdom. We can get away from relying so heavily on sources of fuel and food that come from far away, and instead grow more of our own food locally, ride bikes and public transit, depend on local energy systems like wind and solar, and create economies that aren't as dependent upon limitless growth. These types of solutions help create communities that are not only friendlier to our climate, but are also healthier for children's lungs and our collective well-being.
Get your school active!
- Educational resources—check out the helpful fact sheets and the links below.
- Spread the word at your school—ask to present at your school assembly, using the inspiring and educational videos and animations.
- Start planning an action—check out the handy 9-step organising guide.
- Also, have a look at the Alliance for Climate Education resources here:
As always, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like help planning an event or action at your school.