Empowering Change: Celebrating Students Taking Climate Actions in Classrooms Worldwide on Climate Action Day
by Catherine Copeland, Take Action Global
In a time when the world is facing critical environmental challenges, the power of education and the enthusiasm of young minds in advocating for change cannot be overstated. Climate Action Day, hosted by Take Action Global, serves as a beacon of hope, highlighting the incredible initiatives led by students across classrooms worldwide. This day celebrated not only the collective commitment to environmental consciousness but also emphasized the critical role students play in fostering a sustainable future.
Throughout the event, myriad examples showcased the innovative and impactful endeavors of students. From elementary schools to universities, the breadth of ideas and actions was both inspiring and empowering. For instance, classrooms engaged in tree-planting initiatives, waste reduction campaigns and education drives to raise awareness about the urgency of climate action. Angeth, a student from the Kakuma refugee camp, explained in sign language her class’s efforts to plant Neem trees. In some schools, students integrated renewable energy projects into their curriculum, fostering a practical understanding of sustainable practices. One poignant presentation was made by Ukrainian students who researched and wrote about CO2 emissions caused by war. One Ukrainian student eloquently stated, “Sometimes if you want to change things, you have to take action yourself.”
Key speakers and influencers lent their support to this movement emphasizing the significance of student-led action. Their words underscored the pivotal role students play in advocating for a more environmentally conscious world. Social media also played a critical role in amplifying these efforts. Hashtags like #ClimateActionEdu trended globally, uniting voices and sharing success stories. The creative arts featured heavily as the song “Endless Sky” was premiered, created, and sung by students around the world led by Joyce DiDonato. Posts showcasing student-led initiatives, educational presentations, and innovative projects flooded various platforms, creating a ripple effect that inspired others to join the cause.
Student presentations served as the heartbeat of the event. Students demonstrated their commitment to sustainability through captivating presentations, artwork, and engaging questions and discussions. These presentations not only showcased their knowledge but also illustrated their passion and dedication to addressing climate change. The exchange of ideas among students and educators fostered an environment where learning and action seamlessly converged. A Romanian student explained “The CAP has helped us to be more responsible and to be more creative and empathetic to climate issues.”
One striking example came from the Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Sindh, Pakistan which was one of the hardest hit areas from the devastating monsoon floods of last year. Mukhtiar Ali Burfat, a teacher at the high school, had lost his village in the floods and wanted his students to learn about their effect on climate change. He researched and found the Climate Action Project and, despite his school not having many resources or technology, his students managed to design several climate solutions for various environments such as their village, gardens, and homes and then they planted trees to help secure the future. Mukhtiar explained “The boys learned about how planting trees would help make a safer environment for the future. They discussed why not to build factories near cities to reduce pollution for better health and learned why protecting the environment is a valuable life lesson.”
The success of Climate Action Day lies not only in the individual efforts but in the collective movement it fosters. It serves as a reminder that the fight against climate change is a shared responsibility, and the enthusiasm and dedication of students are driving forces in effecting change. Students from Sri Lanka demonstrated this when they said “Our voice is our superpower, our voice is our identity, our voice is a tool of sovereignty. It equips us with knowledge and skills to navigate the world. Quality education is the key to unlock opportunities and set minds free!”
As we reflect on the outcomes of Climate Action Day, it’s evident that students are not just the leaders of tomorrow; they are the catalysts for change today. Their commitment to sustainability, their innovative ideas, and their unwavering dedication showcase more than a glimmer of hope in the battle to fight climate change and to reach the SDG2030 goals. Let’s indeed acknowledge and celebrate our students’ efforts and achievements- bravo!
The Climate Action Day full day recording is available for you all year long.