Methodologies in sustainability teaching are broadening out and changing radically in schools. Education for Sustainability is no longer just taught as one single discipline but lessons on our impacts are taught across a whole range of topics and subjects as the way we treat our earth applies in every single aspect of our lives. Similarly, learning about an individual country’s progress on sustainability potentially cuts across its economy, political system, geography, history and social studies.
Here is a game to get the environmental Juices flowing:
Each student in a class-room focusses on a particular country eg European and UK countries could be the focus for Renewable Energy Uptake and reforms. Students do their research on how much electricity is being generated by Wind power (eg U.S, Scotland, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Denmark), or Solar Power (Germany, Italy, China).
Instead of solar and wind power, the group could focus on national campaigns to improve treatment of livestock animals, or Cash for Container Schemes, or changes to laws and projects to reduce air and marine pollution. Some groups might be more interested in the styles of environmental campaigning being tried across the countries studied.
The next step is to design interesting Infographics around the results compiled. Graph drawings could be in the shape of sea and land mammals – with results depicting Germany with the best environmental credentials as a Whale, the next best country Denmark as a Polar bear, the next best country as a Sea Lion and descending in size according to the mammals' green cred.
The element of competition between the countries represented by each student can increase the element of suspense and memorability of the exercise helping to build on a true environmental spirit and collective consciousness within the group.
In one of our Environmental Ed Slide Shares, we suggest classes hold their own Sustainability Olympics whereby students compete on behalf of each country to debate over which ones are the greenest, overall.
More games are being added regularly on to our Education page.
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