Cool Climate is an exciting new programme that gets young people involved in climate change issues through practical activities.
Initially, young people learnt about climate change through games, craft and film workshops. Now they are being encouraged to run their own Cool Climate project, which will have an impact on the whole school, as well as climate change.
To date, over 200 pupils have been involved from Mossbourne Academy, Skinners Company for Girls, and the Hackney Free and Parochial School.
In December 2008, Hackney Free won the London Archant Environment Award for secondary schools, with the contribution of Cool Climate recognised as a major contributor in this achievement.
The project is also forming part of teacher training in the borough through the Hackney Environmental Education Network (HEEN). Pupils from Skinners School showed their work at a HEEN event in Gillett Square (a major new public space in Dalston town centre, led by a multi-sector partnership chaired by Groundwork London).
The project has been such a success that several other schools in Hackney have already approached us, wanting to be involved in the next phase of the project.
“Just wanted to say a really big thank you– the games look amazing! I am really looking forward to getting the girls to go into some of the local primary schools....Thank you so much for all your help! We really would not have been able to achieve as much as we did without all your help, advice and input.” Dee Tailor (Skinners Teacher)
“It was really interesting to find out how to clean water and experiment. Playing bigfoot was fun because we found out how much damage we are putting on our earth….Even though it was at school It was fun and environmentally friendly!” (Year 8 Mossbourne Academy Pupil)
This project has been made possible thanks to funding from UBS Investment Bank and has been delivered in partnership with ecoACTIVE, Universal Board Games and Point Blank.
For more information on the Cool Climate project contact: Naomi Pietersen, Groundwork London, 020 8985 1755, .