Let's get classes tackling climate change
With the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP 26) fast approaching, we’re inviting primary schools and young students in Westminster to get involved in tackling climate change.
The Climate Action Classrooms competition gives schools and young people the chance to showcase how they’re taking action and helping to spread awareness of the climate emergency.
And you can win some fantastic prizes from ZSL London Zoo or the Sea Life London Aquarium!
We’re looking for entries that demonstrate:
- Innovation - innovative new ideas to tackle climate change and spread awareness
- Impact - action and ideas that will make a real difference
The competition is open until 19 November 2021 for pupils in Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11).
There are two categories:
- Classroom action for entries by a class
- Pupil action for entries by an individual pupil
We want to encourage school pupils to get together and show what actions they have taken to save carbon and reduce their collective impact on the environment. Your actions could help cut carbon emissions, save energy, protect resources or raise awareness of climate change.
Use the entry form to tell us about your activity – what impact it has had and what you learnt. You can also send us photographs and videos showing us what happened.
We want to see what creative ideas you come up with!
Entry ideas include:
- undertaking a class activity, for example organise a walk/cycle to school week, energy saving competition, creating a local awareness raising campaign, switching off computers and other equipment, or composting food waste
- hosting a community event, for example an event to swap old toys, collect used batteries or recyclable materials
We want pupils to think about their personal carbon footprint and inspire your friends and family to be more climate friendly. You could share tips for how others can make a difference, building on the changes you have made or actions you have taken yourself.
Entry ideas include:
- designing a poster
- making a short video talking about your ideas and/or actions to help tackle climate change, with a maximum length of two minutes
How to enter the competition
All entries should be submitted with a completed entry form.
Try to provide as much detail on your entry as possible.
All submissions that contain videos or photographs which include faces of students, parental/guardian consent must be provided with the submission. Please download the photograph consent form.
You can enter by:
- email - [email protected] with the email subject line as Climate Action Classrooms Competition Classroom Action Submission; OR Climate Action Classrooms Competition Pupil Action Submission; as applicable
- post - Climate Emergency Team, Westminster City Council, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP
- courier - F.A.O Climate Emergency Team, Westminster City Council, Drop 77, CEVA Logistics, 40-48 Chase Road Park Royal, London NW10 6PX
The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 19 November 2021.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 15 December 2021.
The Classroom Action prize is:
- entry for the winning class (up to 35 students) to either the Zoological Society of London (ZSL London Zoo), or the Sea Life London Aquarium
- the visit will also include a sustainability themed class workshop for KS2 students, run by the chosen venue
The Pupil Action prize is:
- a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for entry to either the Zoological Society of London (ZSL London Zoo) or the Sea Life London Aquarium, along with £50 spending money
Entries will be judged by our expert panel:
- Councillor Rachael Robathan, Leader of Westminster City Council
- Dr. Amy Jones, Director for Environment at Westminster City Council
- Raj Mistry, Executive Director of Environment & City at Westminster City Council
Terms and conditions can be found on the entry form.
You may find these materials and resources useful:
- Together For Our Planet UKCOP26.org – Schools Pack
- Science Museum – Climate Resources and Activities
- WWF – Resources to support teachers and schools
- Oxfam – Climate Classroom Resources
- Sustainability & Environmental Education – Learning Resource
Please email [email protected] with any queries on the Climate Action Classrooms competition.