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Schools in their community

Interactions with teachers and parents go beyond the classrooms.


Schools provide the opportunities for youth to understand climate change and sustainable actions, develop critical thinking, discover creative approaches and find innovative solutions to prepare for their future.  

Schools are ambassadors for communicating climate change action and developing better behaviours amongst their families, friends and being part of their local neighborhoods and communities.

Schools can do many activities!


  • Take the pledge to be a sustainable school and have a plan for climate change actions 

  • Raise awareness amongst school population and parents, plan some open days

  • Devise classroom projects that interact with the immediate community

  • Find out about local sustainable school suppliers and sustainable businesses.  Invite them to give a talk about their environmental credentials

  • Many cities are working on becoming sustainable towns and cities across the world, find out from your local town authorities what their plans are to go zero carbon and develop sustainable neighborhoods

  • Develop school projects to follow the waste, diverting away from landfills

  • Get the school to do a waste audit, how much plastic packaging and general waste is being created

  • How is the school waste collected, recycled and retrieved?  Invite the companies who do this to give a talk

  • Follow the food, visit local farms using regenerative methods to grow food without fertilizers and chemicals

  • Visit a community garden or allotments to find out how to grow vegetables

  • Do a food waste audit, how much food is being wasted in school

  • How is the food being repurposed through recycling?

  • What is your schools carbon footprint? Monitor the energy use.  Have a go at using some free carbon tracking apps

  • Invite parents and those in business to take actions to track their waste

  • Plan an Environmental Awareness Week showcase some solutions to go zero carbon or other climate actions

  • Hold classroom discussions on climate change issues, implementing Sustainable Development Goals, developing innovative solutions on sustainability  

  • Send in questions to local town, city, government representatives about what the plans are to reduce carbon footprint

  • Link up with other schools in your region or different country and share ideas on being global communities.

Teaching and learning resources for schools

UNESCO Sustainable and climate-friendly schools. Find the link to a draft teachers guide to taking action on becoming sustainable and climate – friendly schools. It shows how to take whole-school approaches to Education for Sustainable Development and Climate Action. Guideline #9 shows how to build partnerships between the School, parents, local business and organisations and wider networks.



Monash University posts outline practical framework to be used in classrooms as an all school approach.  Start in the classroom and practical action with friends, families and community.


Adapt some of these ideas schools in your region or country

Eco–Schools Global uses three structural elements, the seven step framework, the Eco-Schools Themes and assessment for Green Flag School.  Schools need to sign up from the Board, school leaders and involvement of staff for a long-term commitment to involve students in decision making. is part of the Eco Schools Global network

Find more learning resources on creating communities here

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