Climate Championship For Schools
The National Climate Championship for High Schools Week 4 + 5, 2021
The National climate championship is a competition where high school pupils and teachers across the country compete to reduce their own CO2 emissions in everyday life. Over two weeks, participants log their climate-positive activities via Ducky web-App.
Facts about the National school championship:
- 51 participating high schools from 11 counties
- 11,000 participants
- 500,000 kgCO2e saved
- 650,000 logged activities
Thank you to all the participants for your efforts! It is such an inspiration, you shown that action creates change. Engaged students, teachers and principals, as well as generous counties, made the project possible and helped make the championship a great success!
500,000 kgCO2e is equivalent to driving twice back and forth from Earth to the moon with a fossil car!
Sustainable development has emerged as an interdisciplinary theme in the curriculum renewal in Norway. Some schools have started working on this already. This fall is a good time to join a National project that creates great engagement!
The climate championship is relevant in all subjects, both study specialising and vocational training. Participation is also a good fit for students with special needs education.
Participating in a climate championship is educational, activating and engaging! When students log climate-positive activities for two weeks, schools work on student action skills in a concrete way:
“Through working with the sustainability theme, students will develop competence that will enable them to make responsible choices and act ethically and environmentally conscious. Pupils must understand that the actions and choices of the individual are important. ” (Udir.no)
Help create environmentally engaged students and use the commitment to teach in line with both the UN Sustainability Goals and the new curriculum renewal 2021!
School organisers host a ‘kick-off’, to share climate insights, deliver hints and tips and inspire students to participate.
Participants learn how their individual actions can change society, and practice new habits over two weeks.
The effect of participant actions are quantified and visualised on an individual, class, school, district, county and national level.
Celebrate our achievements together!
Taking Climate Strike action to a new level – by also focusing on personal carbon emission reductions in the school and in the team
Inspiring pupils to engage with climate issues and concepts. Raising awareness and building ownership of creative solutions to the crisis.
Generating a team building spirit to collectively tackle the need for better, more sustainable, climate solutions.
Action creates change!
– The only thing that can give hope is action! is the message from Greta Thunberg.
In the spring of 2019, 40,000 Norwegian pupil’s participating in the climate strike. The message was: Climate action now!
Schools have been given a crucial and important task to raise awareness in sustainability and challenge pupils. Giving space to pupils who have the desire, energy and motivation to do something for the climate is essential. Why not give them an opportunity to reduce their own emissions through simple choices in everyday life?
This is the goal of the National school championship. We want to show that action creates change and that reducing climate emissions can be both educational and inspiring. If one person turns off the light alone, it has little significance. But when all pupils from all over the country turn off the lights, it actually means that they are willing to make changes in their own lives. This in turn will affect parents, industry and policy.
– Imagine what a difference it makes if everyone does just a little!
This was achieved by the participants during the National school championship 2020:
The Teaching Kit
We provide a teaching resource that allow students to use it during the climate championship. As a teacher, you teach sustainability, democracy and life skills in line with new curriculum and the tasks created in the teaching kit will be helpful.
Boost learning with tasks from the teaching package to teach sustainability, life mastery and democracy while teaching your core subjects.
Student centered learning
Use videos, footprint and reflection tasks, as well as group exercises to create intrinsic motivation for further learning.
Use our toolbox to help students investigate environmental issues in the classroom and society. Teach them how to take different perspectives and share knowledge.
Identify action points that can be taken further, and prototype a project or solution which will create an eco impact in society.
Who pays for the school Participation?
In some counties they pay for school attendance, and we are in dialogue with several counties to cover the expenses. Check out if your county is sponsoring participation further down the page (updated continuously). If the county does not cover the participation for your school, contact us and we will find a solution together!
What’s included in the campagin?
A social climate challenge, which creates unity and commitment through classes competing to cut carbon emissions.
A simple digital learning package that makes it easy to teach sustainability. Can be used throughout the school year 2020/2021
What happens after the championship?
The goal is for many new sustainable projects to emerge from the National school climate championship, where pupils can develop further together. Of course, a two-week project is not enough in itself, but we hope to be able to help create a foundation for a sustainable culture in schools. Participation in a climate championship can be a unifying project for the school – which includes both pupils, teachers and other staff members!
By raising awareness and spreading knowledge through positive climate communication, we want to be an inspiration to UBU teachers who need support in their daily work. Through the teaching, students can be inspired to take the knowledge out of the classroom and gain an understanding of how they can use their knowledge to influence their own communities.
In Collaboration with
These local county’s are sponsoring their school’s participation
I want to be our school contact, what is required of me?
As a school contact you will be the link between Ducky and the school. The main task is to produce an overview of the classes in the school so that we can set up the right teams. In addition, you will be given a kick-off slide presentation that should be passed on to each class contact, so that all students receive the same information.
The school contact can be one or more students, teachers and / or principal. We recommend forming a small project group that can work together to create engagement at the school.
How can I influence participation in school?
Pupils: Best commitment is created when you as students take responsibility for the implementation as it is after all your championship! Participate with the pupil’s council, talk to other pupils, teacher or principal. Find out why it is important to participate and that a championship can contribute to great commitment and be unifying for the school. The more people participate, the more fun it gets. We have seen examples of individual pupils who managed to get their school onboard, so it is possible!
Teachers: Talk to other teachers and hear if more will join a project team. Being alone on such responsibility can be challenging, but it is not impossible. Contact us for tips and advice!
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How much time does it take to participate in the championship?
The climate championship itself takes almost no time as pupil’s and possibly participating teachers can complete and record activities in their spare time. However, we recommend taking up the climate championship in the classroom and conducting a kick-off in each classroom to increase engagement and reach some competence goals in sustainable development.
The actual climate championship takes very little time. Most students and participating teachers can complete and register activities in their spare time. However we recommend introducing the climate championship into each classroom, conducting a 90-minute kick-off in each classroom to increase engagement and achieve sustainability learning goals.
How much time does it take to teach the teaching material?
The teaching program can be completed in a single subject, or as an interdisciplinary project. Five different modules have been developed that take from 90 minutes to 5 weeks to complete. Every module is in line with the new curriculum, which means it is easy and entertaining to teach, using the themes of sustainability, demography and life mastery as a red thread.
Who pays for our participation?
In some regions, the county pays for participation. These are listed in the overview next to participating schools. For other counties, the schools have to pay themselves or teachers or students can ask a local company to be a sponsor. These company sponsors can then be credited fully at the kick-off and closing ceremony at the school.
I am a pupil in a high school, how can we raise funds for participation?
It is important to make visible that pupils show interest and motivation to participate! pupil’s participation is a key part in high school training and if you talk to a teacher about participating, this is likely to be seen as a positive measure. The most important thing is that you ask and are curious! Maybe you can find a solution together? In the National school championship 2020, we had both individual schools that covered participation themselves, and schools that received support from the county. Other possibilities:
- Apply for funds through The Natural School Bag:https://www.natursekken.no/artikkel/vis.html?tid=2014135
- Seek out organisations that are working on sustainable development
- Collaboration with local business
- The school’s own budget