Secondary Sustainability Assemblies is the perfect resource to accompany the work your school currently does to tackle the issues surrounding sustainability and the environment. Its 40 ready-to-use assemblies have been selected around the four themes of:
This small and delicate planet
Use or abuse?
Humans and nature
Making it personal.
Each assembly also includes a ‘Something to think about’ section which is designed to explore the issues raised in the assembly more deeply and a ‘Something to do’ activity. These are suggestions for practical activities based on the themes of each assembly, and can be used in a variety of contexts – appropriate subject lessons such as geography, tutor groups or whatever suits your setting.
Only available as an eBook
What is an eBook? An eBook is electronic version of a printed book which can be read on a computer or a specifically designed handheld device. This eBook is in PDF format and can be shared with your colleagues.
These assemblies are designed to help empower young people to live more sustainable lives and, like all educational activities in school, should be used to help young people both understand the world in which they live and change it for the better.
Secondary Sustainability Assemblies is a comprehensive resource that will:
raise young people’s awareness of the environmental issues facing our world today
help them to reflect upon the possible causes and effects of these issues
assist them in making the link between their own behaviour and environmental impact
assist them individually, socially, and in their own school context to develop more sustainable lifestyles which will themselves be sustainable into adulthood.
Summary of contents
Secondary Sustainability Assemblies is an invaluable resource designed to encourage your students to take an interest in sustainability and to get them to think more carefully about their own everyday actions and the impact that these have on the world around them. These assemblies explore the extent to which environmental issues may be considered as physical and scientific issues as well as whether there is a spiritual and moral dimension to the issues of sustainability.
Secondary Sustainability Assemblies is accompanied by a CD-Rom with striking photographic PowerPoint presentations for each assembly.
Secondary Sustainability Assemblies will:
introduce issues of sustainability and the environment to your whole school
save you time, as most assemblies require only brief preparation
help your colleagues share the responsibility of giving assemblies by providing supportive and accessible resources
actively involve students in presenting assemblies
enable students to reflect on what they are doing and what they can do to live more sustainable lives.
These assemblies cover a broad range of sustainability issues, focusing in on local community matters as well the broader issues of the global environment: food and drink, energy and water, travel and traffic, purchasing and waste, buildings and grounds, inclusion and participation, local wellbeing and the global dimension.
Part 1: This small and delicate planet
This section introduces the notion of environmental responsibility and our relationship with the planet which sustains us.
Our home planet
A changing world
A fragile planet
A delicate balance
Does nature have a spiritual dimension?
Part 2: Use or abuse?
This section explores the extent to which our use of planetary resources is sustainable.
Using the land: agriculture
Using the land: forestry
Using the air: on the flight path
Part 3: Human and nature
This section explores the tension between human activity and nature.
Whose world is it?
Engineering the plant world
Human population expansion
Human environmental casualties
The economics of the environment
The environmental impact of animal products
The big event
The real cost of a summer holiday
Part 4: Making it personal
Sustainable school dinners
An energy efficient school
The school run
The centre of the community
A sustainable personal life
Imagine a world…