"Protesting is not enough!" Pupils take their climate action to the next level with a Ducky climate contest!

Success Story | Firda VGS

Firda High school

County: Sogn og Fjordane, Norway

Number of participants: 119

When:28th of March 2019

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More than 100 pupils at Firda VGS participated in a Climate Challenge. The pupil’s group who were given the task to organize the Challenge took full responsibility and ownership of mobilizing the 100 pupils in a one-week competition.

The goal of the pilot project was to reduce carbon emissions, gain awareness and knowledge about sustainability, and have a fun and meaningful experience all at the same time.

The group recruited 6 classes, taught them climate engagement and action, and introduced them to how they could reduce their personal footprint with easy actions. The only thing the school had to do was sign up for the Climate Challenge.

I really believe in giving pupils the responsibility to take their own climate change actions, and inspire others! The pupils did great work!
Hans Græsli
Teacher at Firda VGS i Sogn og Fjordane fylkeskommune

Pupils can do it. When they want to!

Spurred on by a call to action from Hans Græsli, a teacher at their High School, his climate and environmental science class decided to take action to organize and lead a Ducky Climate Challenge. All the teacher had to do was offer a guiding hand to help with engagement.

Give them their head and youngsters will explore!

The overall goal was to stimulate the pupil’s curiosity and increase their awareness in sustainability using tasks from the Ducky Teaching Kit.

The classes started by learning about their carbon footprint using the Ducky Climate Calculator after which the 119 pupils started the Challenge in earnest.

Taking charge can be fun!

The teams created a plan, divided themselves up effectively and set things up for success. A ‘kick-off’ team made sure everyone understood what was going to happen in the Challenge and got everyone fired up to compete. They also led an interesting discussion about climate issues such as eating meat, the fashion industry and buying second hand products. They all learned a lot.

SoMe, SoYou

Finally a social media team was set up to continue the dialogue and motivate the participants through stories and social posting.

The Teaching Kit is a great way to help our pupils improve their understanding of climate issues. The interactive tasks helped pupils to reflect and be more critical in a fun, easy and meaningful way.
Hans Græsli
Teacher at Firda VGS i Sogn og Fjordane fylkeskommune

119

Participants

5004

Climate actions logged

3 984

Kg CO2e saved

6 classes competed to save the most CO2e in a one week climate challenge

And the results?

Everyone agreed that the Climate Challenge was a huge success.

The Ducky Challenge helped the pupils focus on their actions and how they affected their carbon footprint. They also learned the power of collective action!

One of the most important things to emerge from the Challenge was the realization by the youngsters that they weren’t helpless. They could make a difference every day, by doing simple things together.

The power of shared achievement is a wonderful thing!

Everyone is a winner!

It wasn’t just the pupils that benefited. The staff also played their part and learned about the issues in a more direct way. Even the Principal, Hallgeir Hansen, pitched in to inspire the participants, which helped a lot to maintain all round motivation.

Because the Challenge was so successful, the school will now join with 10 other schools in the Sogn & Fjordane County to compete in the first National Climate Championship in January 2020.

The project was done by pupils in the climate- and environmental science class at Firda VGS. This is a course that teachers at Firda have set up as a pilot project. They want to get this course approved at all schools in Norway!

Finally, everyone learned a valuable lesson. It’s not just about winning, it’s how you play the game that counts! Working together in teams with inspiring help from the staff and organizers contributed to a great time for all.

What an inspiration!

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