• 0 Lessons

    Bin, Bin, Drop the Waste In

    In this lesson, the “Litter Villain” (class teacher) sneaks into the classroom when learners are away and spreads (carefully prepared) litter all over the place. When learners return, they use their senses to observe the classroom and express how they feel about the litter. The learners then wear plastic gloves and work together to pick up the waste. Then, as a class, they investigate four categories of litter: plastic, paper, aluminium, and plant materials that can be composted. They identify the characteristics of each category by observing the size, colour, texture, weight, and smell of sample items. Then they work in teams to dispose of all the waste in the room in the proper recycling or waste bins, thereby defeating Litter Villain. The lesson concludes with a slideshow that wraps up the basic concept of waste, including where it comes from, how much we generate, how it can be a big problem if it builds up, and how recycling can help

  • 4 Lessons

    Changing Climates: 1-2

    Grade 1-2. Lessons will introduce learning about the cause & effect of climate change, exploring some of the science and relating it to local contexts. Students will understand the impact of climate change on human and non-human communities and engage with the values and emotions that we are all experiencing, helping to inspire positive actions and empowerment moving forward.

  • 4 Lessons

    Changing Climates: 11-12

    Grade 11-12. Lessons will examine some of human activities which led to global warming, exploring the cause and effect of climate change and focusing on environmental effects. Students will explore the impact of climate change on human and non-human communities, developing critical thinking and empathy whilst discussing the politics and emotions of climate change, helping move from anxiety to empowerment.

  • 4 Lessons

    Changing Climates: 5-6

    Grade 5-6. Lessons will explore the cause & effect of climate change to enable pupils to develop a simple understanding of fossil fuels and greenhouse gases and their effects on the environment. Pupils will explore the impacts of climate change on human and non-human communities, building empathy and critical thinking whilst exploring individual and collective actions to inspire positive change.

  • 4 Lessons

    Changing Climates: 7-8

    Grade 7-8. Lessons will engage in the science and emotions of climate change allowing students to understand cause and effect and the effects of human activities on the environment. They will explore the impacts of climate change on human and non-human communities, developing critical thinking and building empathy whilst exploring individual and collective actions to inspire positive change.

  • 4 Lessons

    Changing Climates: 9-10

    Grade 9-10. Lessons will explore the cause and effect of climate change, focusing on the effects of particular human activities on the environment. Students will explore the impacts of climate change on human and non-human communities, developing critical thinking and building empathy whilst engaging in individual and collective actions to inspire positive change and move from anxiety to empowerment

  • 8 Lessons

    Free Introductory Sustainability Lessons

    These free lessons are stand alone lessons from the Biomimicry; Sustainability Intelligence and Business for Social Good curricula.
    Each lesson has been equipped with a detailed lesson plan, teacher presentation, rubrics and learner worksheets and/or activities.

    These lessons are suited perfectly at the educator seeking to nurture and include environmental literacy, social entrepreneurship and an interest in green careers into their classroom. Flexible in design, these lessons and projects are easy to use in your educational setting.

  • 5 Lessons

    Not on Our Soil – Civil Society and Climate Change

    Based off the Not on our Soil: An African Climate Reality Project docuseries episode Civil Society, this module explores the complex relationship between deeply rooted social issues and climate change within the South African context. Learners are exposed to these concepts and challenged to participate actively in contemporary and relevant socio-environmental issues in their contexts. This module acts as a source of inspiration and empowerment to the power that everyday citizens have in a democracy, which is dearly needed in the fight against climate change.

  • 5 Lessons

    Not on Our Soil – Community and Climate Change

    Within the global sustainable development picture lies many contrasting contexts in which the factors that contribute to a nations development differ tremendously. South Africa's scenario is exceptionally unique, predominantly due to the high levels of inequality that exist. Hence, conversations around sustainability and sustainable development are going to differ massively from within various communities and contexts. This module challenges learners to critically think about these differences and how South African communities can start contributing to its broader sustainable development. Learners will be agents of awareness by creating an informative poster designed to educate community members on persisting issues, their complex solutions and a few organisations working within that particular issue. Through the process, learners will engage with the linkages between social, economic and environmental factors in society, which provide a basic understanding of sustainable development.

  • 5 Lessons

    Not on Our Soil – Gender and Climate Change

    These lessons explore the interconnectedness of gender inequalities and climate change which at first glace are seemingly separate entities, but upon closer glace, are far ore connected than we think. Learners will be exposed to the severe gender inequalities which exist within all levels and contexts of society in South Africa. They will explore this inequality through the lens of climate change, illustrating the fact that there will be a gender differentiated impact of climate change between men and women. Through the module, learners will activate their role as agents of awareness within their contexts by creating informative awareness posters deigned to educate readers on persisting gender-climate issues.

  • 5 Lessons

    Not on Our Soil – Journalism and Climate Change

    These lessons will challenge learners to think critically about their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of journalists and the field of journalism in creating meaningful social and environmental change in the context of climate change. This module introduces the looming climate crises which will have monumental and differentiated impacts across the globe within the context of journalism which is a well-documented catalyst for social, behavioural and mind-set change. Learners will soon grasp that climate journalism is an exceptionally new topic in the field of journalism as they grapple with the activity of creating a piece of climate journalism of their own in order to spread awareness and inspire action from their own communities and contexts.

  • 5 Lessons

    Not on Our Soil – Youth and Climate Change

    These lessons explore the ideas and feelings of the youth towards climate change and what it feels like being young in the 21st Century. With climate change being a significant contributor to anxiety and eco-anxiety among youth, the importance of activating and empowering youth becomes vital. These lessons showcase the relationship youth have with the fight against climate change and empower students to be active citizens in this journey. A central component of this module is the focus on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and its benefits as a framework for sustainable development. But most of all, this module aims to bring the voice of the youth to the surface in addressing past, current and forecasted impacts pf climate change. 

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    The 5Rs

    The 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle are commonly used to help people remember to be responsible with their waste. In this 50-minute lesson, Learners expand the 3Rs to the 5Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot, and Reflect. The term rot helps them remember the importance of composting. Learners explore the term reflect to learn how to be aware of and question their personal behaviours and more global issues related to waste. Learners demonstrate what they learned by working together to create a set of posters they can share around the community. In this way, they also learn how to be advocates for social change.

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    Zero Waste Campaign

    In this 50-minute lesson, Learners examine how traditional thinking about waste management has created a global waste management crisis. Then they learn how a new way of thinking—zero-waste thinking—offers hope for the future. They review how the 5Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle, rot, reflect) can help communities develop a zero-waste mindset. Finally, Learners are challenged to put what they’ve learned into practice by implementing a zero-waste initiative at the school.

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