Ripple Effects

This sequence of activities guides learners to understand the impacts of climate change by empathising with non-human species. Through a panel debate each student takes on the role of a different species, exploring the impact of climate change on different communities and reflecting on the power of small actions.

Learners are encouraged to recognise their feelings and emotions related to climate change. The activities generate discussion of the impacts of climate change on the human and non-human world, and show how people's actions can have ripple effects and how this can help us to feel empowered.

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~ 1 hour
KS3

Preparation

Download the slides and fact sheets below.

What you need

  • Internet access
  • Speakers
  • Pens or pencils
  • ThoughtBox Thought-Books or paper
  • Information sheets for panel discussion

Location

  • Indoors

Curriculum links

  • Citizenship
  • Biology

Step by step

Download the slides to deliver the following session:

  • The Ripple Effects: Understand the impacts of climate change by empathising with non-human species through a panel debate where each student will take on a role. (30 minutes)
  • The Wider Impact: Understand the impacts of climate change in different communities around the world and other ripple effects through images and information. (20 minutes)
  • Eco-Empathy: Reflecting on ‘eco-anxiety’/‘eco-empathy’ and the power of small/individual actions so as to recognise the emotions that may have arisen in the lesson. (10 minutes)

Only got 45 minutes? 

ThoughtBox recommends exploring the first section, one image from the second section in terms of impact on humans and non-humans, and the third section.

Only got 30 minutes? 

ThoughtBox recommends exploring the second and third sections.