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All-island Schools 4 Climate Action

Our mission is both simple and possible: to act now to slow down climate change through Education, Empowerment, Collaboration and Action.

All-island Schools 4 Climate Action is an initiative between Co-operation Ireland, EcoEd4All, EANI the Education Authority for NI and Alison (Ireland) to enhance environmental education, foster cross-border collaboration and to implement seemingly impossible actions through changing mindsets, policies and results.

1. Education

Teachers and pupils from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are not only engaging in cross-border collaboration around climate action; they are going deeper and joining hands for learning and leading by example. Starting with their own environmental education, pupils can enrol in a minimum of three (3) courses. Environmental Education: Climate Change - The Science is mandatory because we start with the facts not misinformation. Students can then choose two other courses from four (4) themes but they can complete all courses, if they want to. Afterwards students complete the assessments so that they will be well equipped to engage in project collaboration, not only with their peers but also with other schools.

  • Environmental Education: Climate Change - The Science

    Environmental Education: Climate Change - The Science

    Climate change is the defining socio-economic force of the 21st century and this free online course introduces you to the concepts, causes and impacts of global warming. Drawing on real-world examples and scientific data, you will explore the fundamentals of greenhouse gases, natural climate cycles and how we know that human actions are driving today’s climate crisis. In the face of change, an informed society is a more resilient society.

  • Environmental Education: Circular Economy

    Environmental Education: Circular Economy

    The present linear economic model has enriched our lives, giving us wealth, technologies, and opportunities that would have been beyond the wildest dreams of those living a few decades ago. This has also led to today’s climate crisis, which undermines the health of the planet and of human society. We therefore have no choice but to implement an alternative, more sustainable system known as the circular, that is in harmony with the rest of nature.

  • Environmental Education: Water Pollution

    Environmental Education: Water Pollution

    Did you know that water is a vital resource for all life forms on Earth? Despite this, water pollution is still a major problem today, with humans being one of its largest polluters. Discover how we as humans can use water more wisely and improve its quality for all life forms. Follow water on its journey around our planet through the water cycle and learn about its usage per person, product and sector in society today.

  • Environmental Education: Transport

    Environmental Education: Transport

    Transportation, in all its forms, has become easier to access but at what cost? In this course, you will learn about the current state of global transportation. You will study your daily commute, see how it affects your health and how your vehicle can harm the environment. With the knowledge you take away from this course, you will be able to take your first effective steps towards more sustainable methods of transportation.

  • Environmental Education: Biodiversity Overview

    Environmental Education: Biodiversity Overview

    From its early evolution to the current day crisis, biodiversity plays an important role in our lives. This course introduces the concepts of evolution, extinction and ecosystem services. The course takes scientific data and examples that demonstrate how human activities are driving the current biodiversity crisis. Finally, we consider practical actions at the governmental and individual levels for future generations and nature’s intrinsic value.


2. Empowerment

Training webinars will start in early December to equip and empower teachers to present the courses and to facilitate the learning process in the classroom and online. All webinars will be recorded for future reference. The webinar format will be as follows:


Webinar Agenda

Welcome 18h30 (Dublin Ireland): Terry O’Neill
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Alison Learning 18h40 : Maeve Robinson/Gillian Loos
Topic presenter 18h45 : Subject Matter Expert
Q & A 19h30 : Open
Ends : 19h45

Webinar RegistrationRegister
John O'Sullivan

Speaker

Environmental Education Series - Private Webinar

September 12th

18:30 (IST +01:00)

Training and empowering teachers to educate students on all things Climate Change.

John O'Sullivan

Speaker

Environmental Education Series - Private Webinar

September 13th

18:30 (IST +01:00)

Training and empowering teachers to educate students on all things Climate Change.

John O'Sullivan

Speaker

Environmental Education Series - Private Webinar

September 14th

18:30 (IST +01:00)

Training and empowering teachers to educate students on all things Climate Change.


Webinar 1

Monday 12th September, 18:30 (IST +01:00)


Courses covered:

Environmental Education: Climate Change - The Science


Registration: Free

Webinar recording: will be available next day

Webinar 2

Tuesday 13th September, 18:30 (IST +01:00)


Courses covered:

Environmental Education: Transport

Environmental Education: Circular Economy


Registration: Free

Webinar recording: will be available next day

Webinar 3

Wednesday 14th September, 18:30 (IST +01:00)


Courses covered:

Environmental Education: Biodiversity Overview

Environmental Education: Water Pollution


Registration: Free

Webinar recording: will be available next day





3. Collaboration

Individual schools from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be partnered based on their project theme, which students can choose from the following list:

Circular Economy Circular Economy
Biodiversity Biodiversity
Energy Energy
Water Water
Transport Transport

Each school group will consider a behaviour-changing initiative that they would like to implement, where they will consider the following:

What actual behaviour are we changing? What actual behaviour are we changing?
What is the desired outcome of this initiative? What is the desired outcome of this initiative?
What process did we follow to bring this project to life? What process did we follow to bring this project to life?
What did we learn from our exchange with our school buddy? What did we learn from our exchange with our school buddy?
What did we learn from this experience? What did we learn from this experience?

Co-operation Ireland will be working with both Education Authorities to find suitable school group buddy combinations.

4. Action

Each group will record their project in a 2-page document and / or a 5-minute video. Students will share their stories with their respective schools and communities to show that change starts with small steps and, collectively, bigger change is possible.

Pilot Project

A pilot will be launched with a few invited schools to ensure that the process is efficient and effective. This will run from January to March 2022.

Important Dates

A virtual launch is scheduled for 20 January 2022. A virtual showcase ceremony will be held on Friday 22 April 2022, Earth Day.

All-island Schools Roll-out

This date has been scheduled for the beginning of the new school year, September 2022, aimed at Transition Year students and Key Stage 4 (GCSE level ). Co-operation Ireland and EcoEd4All will be working with various education authorities to incorporate environmental education into the school curriculum, where possible.

Registration

  1. Teachers to register their school via our Group Learning platform
  2. Teachers to share group link with their students
  3. Students sign-up by clicking on the school group link
  4. Students enrol into their courses






Register your school group
How to set up a group for teachers: brochure