The eyes of the world are on the UK Schools this year as Britain hosts world leaders for the United Nations’ climate change talks – COP26. They will make important decisions that will shape the future of our global family. CAFOD provides resources for students to appreciate the urgency of climate change and to garner support the world’s poorest communities affected by the climate crisis.
“Climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation.” POPE FRANCIS
Schools guide to the climate crisis campaign
The world we live in is changing. The climate is in crisis and it affects us all. But it is the poorest communities who are suffering the most.
Over the past year, we have seen how important it is to look after one another. The coronavirus crisis has shown that change is possible and that governments can make rapid decisions when they choose to do so. Now, let’s come together to care for the world which is crying out for our help and tackle the climate emergency with even more urgency.
The eyes of the world are on us this year, as Britain hosts world leaders for the United Nation’s climate change talks – COP26. It is vital that we raise our voices and ensure the Government uses this historic moment to build a more sustainable world.
Why is 2021 important?
2021 is a crucial year for action on the climate crisis. The UK is hosting the world leaders at the UN COP26 climate conference in November, and the
eyes of the world will be on us to lead the way in combatting the climate emergency.
As Pope Francis says in Laudato Si’, the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor are one. We must stand together with those who are being affected
by the climate emergency around the world, so that world leaders cannot ignore our united voices.
What is COP26?
The UN holds a climate conference (COP) each year in different countries around the world, where world leaders gather to talk about climate change. This is the 26th year of the conference.
Getting involved is easy:
1. WATCH OUR FILM
2. MEET OUR GLOBAL NEIGHBOURS
Find out what life is like for people who are already being affected by climate change around the world. Use the experiential activity, our workshop plan and slides to help students understand why they need to take action.
3. TAKE ACTION
Let the Government know that we are watching them to ensure the world’s poorest communities are at the heart of their decisions this year. Share a picture of your eyes and tell us how many of you are watching.
4. Explore our resources on this page
- Go Green primary assembly Go Green national assembly for primary schools
- Press release template for schools Eyes of the World press release (24kb, docx)
- How to talk to your MP How to talk to your MP for primary schools (62kb, docx)
- Eyes of the world: Thank you certificate Eyes of the world: Thank you certificate (257kb, pptx)
- Eyes of the World class assembly slides Eyes of the World primary assembly slides (21mb, pptx)
- Eyes of the World primary workshop cards Eyes of the World primary workshop cards (3mb, pptx)
- Eyes of the World primary workshop Eyes of the World workshop plan for primary schools (231kb, docx)
- Eyes of the World primary assembly script Eyes of the World primary school assembly script (9mb, docx)
- KS1 Eyes of the World template KS1 Eyes of the World template (159kb, pdf)
- Eyes of the World campaign guide for schools Eyes of the World campaign guide for schools (939kb, pdf)
- Eyes of the World template Eyes of the world campaign template for schools (138kb, pdf)
- The impact of climate change The impact of climate change (5mb, ppt)
- The Canticle of the Sun reflection The Canticle of the Sun reflection (3mb, ppt)
- Eyes of the World animation script Eyes of the World animation script (55kb, docx)
- Climate and environment Climate change resources for children
- Laudato Si’ for children Laudato Si’ animation for children
A template press release for schools taking part in the Eyes of the World campaign.
A guide for primary schools on how to talk to your MP about climate.
Certificate to celebrate taking part in Eyes of the world campaign
Use these slide with the script to learn about climate change and to join our Eyes of the World campaign.
Workshop stories from people in Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Peru and the Pacific Islands.
A starter activity, and activities using story cards and an animation to explore the climate crisis.
Find out how climate change is affecting the world’s poorest communities.
Eyes of the World action template for KS1.
Join the Eyes of the World climate campaign.
Tell the government the eyes of the world are on them as they make decisions about the future of our planet.
A PowerPoint on the effects of climate change for KS2.
A PowerPoint of St Francis’ Canticle of the Sun.
A script to accompany the Eyes of the World animation for children and young people.
Explore the link between climate change and poverty with our resources for primary schools.
Watch our animation for children on Pope Francis’ encyclical.
These resources are available on this page