Climate Action Book List for Schools

In a rapidly changing world where climate change impacts every corner of the globe, education serves as a powerful tool for raising awareness and inspiring action. Schools have an invaluable role in shaping young minds to understand the intricacies of the environment, sustainability, and our collective responsibility to protect the Earth. To support this endeavour, we have curated a book list that serves as a resource for teachers, parents, and students alike. These books explore various aspects of climate science, environmental activism, and natural wonders, aiming to ignite curiosity and foster a deeper understanding of our planet’s challenges and beauty.

The list is categorised into four educational phases, according to the CAPS (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements) phases in South Africa. This ensures the material is age-appropriate and can be easily integrated into the existing curriculum.

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Teaching Sustainability at Schools: Effective Strategies for Eco-Education

Teaching sustainability in schools is an essential part of modern education, as it not only equips students with the knowledge and skills to be environmentally responsible citizens but also fosters critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Through a variety of activities and interdisciplinary approaches, educators can integrate sustainability into their classrooms, creating well-rounded learners who are prepared to tackle global environmental challenges.

Many schools have adopted a range of strategies to promote sustainable practices, from recycling and energy conservation initiatives to discussions about climate change and its implications. The Eco-Schools programme, an internationally recognised initiative promoting environmental learning, has been implemented in several countries, providing comprehensive resources and support for educators who aim to instil sustainability values in their students.

By incorporating sustainability education into the curriculum, schools are not only enhancing their students’ understanding of ecological issues but actively contributing to the development of future leaders who will be capable of addressing the world’s environmental challenges. This holistic approach to education fosters a sense of responsibility and empowerment among young people, paving the way for a more sustainable and eco-conscious society.

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Teaching Sustainability in the South African Classroom

It’s time to don our hard hats and set our compasses. Why? Because we’re the architects of society, tasked with building resilient, innovative and ethical foundations for the younger generation. However, the blueprints of today’s society are continuously changing, demanding a certain nimbleness of thought and action. One such crucial dimension is sustainability. An urgent issue of our times, it serves as a cornerstone for quality education. Today, let’s delve into why teaching sustainability is so important and how to do it effectively, with a nod to the Department of Basic Education’s Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) in South Africa.

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