How Green is Your Class?

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Young people, like adults, are faced daily with small and huge injustices. Their capacity for outrage and their heightened sense of social justice mean they can be quick to identify the need for change. How often do you hear students say ‘Miss, that's not fair', or ‘Miss, how can I make a difference'?

How Green is Your Class? is a guide for teachers on how to support students who want to make a difference. Over fifty actions are outlined, all with the potential to bring about ...

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Overview

Young people, like adults, are faced daily with small and huge injustices. Their capacity for outrage and their heightened sense of social justice mean they can be quick to identify the need for change. How often do you hear students say ‘Miss, that's not fair', or ‘Miss, how can I make a difference'?

How Green is Your Class? is a guide for teachers on how to support students who want to make a difference. Over fifty actions are outlined, all with the potential to bring about change: at home, school, locally, nationally and internationally, on any issue young people choose. These ‘change actions', can be used flexibly by teachers: with classes or smaller groups; in school time or for homework; as one-off practical activities or term-long campaigning projects; to stretch able and focused students and to motivate disengaged young people. Above all, they are intended to be used to inspire and equip young people to make a difference now and in the future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847061225
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/20/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Brown is a humanities teacher at an international school in the UK, and a consultant on educational resources.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: About this book

- Young people can make a difference

- What is in this book?

- How can I use this book?
- Incorporate change actions into Citizenship lessons

- Incorporate change actions into other subject lessons

- Challenge students to take a change action of their choice

-What might students want to change?

Chapter 2: Take an everyday practical action

Part 1: Reduce your carbon and ecological footprints

- Do not use electricity you don't need

- Use electricity more efficiently

- Find out where your electricity comes from

- Change how you get around

- Reuse and recycle

- Stop junk mail coming to your home

- Avoid extra packaging

- Offset your carbon emissions

- Choose your cleaning products carefully

- Pick up your litter

- Don't waste water

Part 2: Use your consumer power

- Buy fair-trade products

- Buy organic products

- Buy products from sustainable sources

- Buy locally-grown produce

- Take a stand on GM foods
- Make sure your clothes are ethically sourced

- Avoid products tested on animals
- Buy from local traders

- Holiday ethically

- Invest your money carefully

- Complain if there is a problem with something you buy

Part 3: Take a personal humanitarian action

- Talk to someone who might need some help

- Resolve a conflict
- Get to know someone else or another way of being

Chapter 3: Raise awareness — yours and others'

- Find out as much as you can

- Tell someone

- Advertise

- Write an article

- Give a speech or talk

- Organize an event
- Use the internet to get your message across

- Wear something to identify yourself with your cause


Chapter 4: Lobby — get those with power to make a change

- Find out who else wants to make a difference

- Write a letter

- Send an email — join an e-campaign

- Speak to someone

- Sign or start a petition

- Join an online forum

- Boycott

- Go to a demonstration

- Go on strike


Chapter 5: Get to a position of more power for change

- Stand for election

- Vote

- Join a committee or board

- Think about your career


Chapter 6: Donate — money, time and things you don't need

- Donate money
- Donate on someone else's behalf

- Raise money for charity

- Set up your own charity

- Volunteer your time

- Donate things that you don't need

Chapter 7: Do something new...

- More useful resources

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