Climate Change Solutions Education Resources for Schools

Activities to tackle Global Warming

These resources help you explore a range of ways we can potentially reduce our carbon emissions, and the challenges surrounding each of them. Each lesson in the following unit comes with a guided lesson plan for teachers, presentation slides for your classroom to guide your explicit teaching, guided student worksheets for independent inquiry, and a host of other articles and useful resources to expand student learning and support your teaching.

About the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

What is it?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was created to

  • provide policymakers (governments) with regular scientific updates about climate change;
  • highlight the impact climate change will have on the planet in the future; and,
  • offer some ideas about how to tackle the challenges of climate change’s potential effects on the planet.

In 2021-22, the IPCC released Part 1 of the Sixth Assessment Report. This is the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change.

So, what can we do?

In response to this report, Cool has created a range of resources to contextualise the report for Australian Primary and Secondary students, and use our Hope and Optimism framework to provide an approach to social actions involving students’ families and broader communities in tackling the challenge of climate change.

We know it’s challenging for teachers to incorporate it into lessons, and harder for students to understand it without guidance. We also know that this can be a challenging and sometimes overwhelming topic. The task that the report sets before us is a big one. But we believe this real-world issue is essential for students to understand, and these resources are designed to look objectively at a situation, make a conscious decision to focus on the good, have a belief that you can make an impact, and then identify what needs to be improved and work on the skills to be able to go out and do it.

Imagine a future with no carbon emissions

The report describes five possible climate futures, where #1 is not great and #5 is extremely bad, based on our current and past emissions, and our actions going in the future.

But whatcould our future look like if we took current technologies and efforts to their best possible outcome? 

In this opening lesson, students imagine our best possible carbon future and write a creative piece exploring that world.

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IPCC - Blue Carbon

  • Secondary
  • Year 7
  • Mathematics
  • Numbers
  • Ratios
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Land Management
  • Sustainability
  • Lesson
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IPCC - Does the government legally have to protect young people from climate change?

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Disaster resilience
  • Lesson
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IPCC - Do we need a Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities?

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 12
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability
  • Lesson
  • ...

IPCC - Persuasive advertising about Climate Change

  • Secondary
  • Year 7
  • English
  • Learning through literature
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Sustainability

Learning through literature

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Amy's Balancing Act - Books about climate change

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • English
  • Learning through literature
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Sustainability
  • Lesson
  • ...

Amy's Balancing Act - Books on Climate Change

  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 4
  • English
  • Learning through literature
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Sustainability
  • Lesson
  • ...

Amy's Balancing Act - Books on climate change for parents

  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 4
  • English
  • Learning through literature
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Sustainability

Explore all IPCC lessons

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IPCC Climate Change Solutions

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Year 3 - 10
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Business and Economics
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education

With thanks to our partners

Cool would also like to thank the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation for generously supporting the development of these lessons.