Our actions on climate change will shape the future for our children. It is important to discuss and educate our students about climate change, and how to look after our planet! As Earth Hour comes around again for another year, it provides a great opportunity to spend some time discussing issues of sustainability and why Earth Hour is so important.
What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held annually to encourage individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm.
Although Earth Hour is not during school time – it is still a great opportunity to talk about why it is needed and to encourage your students to go home with this important message!
To help you engage your students in worthwhile conversations, we’ve collated some excellent resources and activities for Earth Hour 2018.
Global Warming Video for Kids
Show your students this gorgeous video about climate change:
Talk with your students about the things they can do to help save the planet and then talk about Earth Hour.
Classroom Display Activity for Earth Hour
“We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands”
Create a display in your classroom using the heart from the Earth Day template.
- Students colour in the heart-shaped Earth and cut it out.
- They then trace their hands on coloured paper and stick each hand on either side of the heart.
Such a cute way to make it look like the whole world is in their hands!
Encourage your students to write what their pledge to the Earth will be and stick these on your Earth Hour classroom display.
Printable Earth Hour and Sustainability Posters
Use our printable sustainability education posters to display around your classroom. Although Earth Hour is primarily to focus on using less electricity, it’s a fantastic time to educate and hold discussions with your students about the importance of a variety good sustainability practises.
Use these gorgeous templates to consolidate your students’ knowledge of how they can help the environment.
Environmental Awareness Flip Book
This Environmental Awareness Flip Book helps your students understand what is good and bad for the environment.
Students will love creating this gorgeous flip book and sorting images of everyday things into what will make the earth happy and what will make the earth sad.
They can then colour the images in their new flip book.
My Promise to the Earth Activity
In this cute activity, students make a promise to the earth by coming up with four different pledges of what they are going to do to save their environment.
This a great activity to discuss different habits that they can change that will help save the planet.
How to use this resource:
- Download the My Promise to the Earth Student Template.
- Trim the extra section off the left-hand side of the template where it states ‘cut’.
- Fold the template along the horizontal fold line.
- Cut along the three small vertical dotted lines to create four different flaps.
- Students pick four pictures that are linked to their own personal promises and stick each picture on the front of each flip section.
- Students write what they promise to do under each of the flaps.
- Students can then decorate and stick in their workbooks.
Pictures to assist students in creating four promises to the earth include
- turning the lights off
- growing plants
- riding bikes
- not composting
- picking up litter.