September 23, 2021

Explore the world from home

If you’re in lockdown, or even if you’re not, read on for some great environment, climate change and sustainability resources for students.

Outside in

Many of us are combining work from home with teaching at home right now, including Jenni Hagland, ZESN’s schools program leader. She’s found some great resources for students.

Join the Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre at 1.30pm, Fridays for short (30 min) Zoom lessons on biodiversity and pollinators.

This DPIE Food and Fibre study guide investigates historical Australian Aboriginal agricultural production. It is written for the NSW Stage 5 and 6 Agriculture, however, covers NSW Stage 5 Geography and Science outcomes. For junior students, explore the ABC digibook, Aboriginal Agriculture, Technology and Ingenuity.

The NSW DPIE Saving our Species Program has a great collection of activities, curriculum-linked workbooks, presentations, and citizen science projects to foster our understanding of conservation and our threatened plants and animals.

The 2021 SCINEMA International Science Film Festival explores different STEM topics through the power of film, with supporting classroom activities and teaching resources available.

Learning through Landscapes (UK) have published a series of sustainable learning and play activities for early learning to upper primary home learning. Activities are designed for safe outdoor spaces such as gardens or parks, but can be adapted for indoors.

Inside Out

In the wake of the IPCC report, Jenni has also looked for books and websites that are helping adults and children deal with climate anxiety, dread and helplessness.

All the Feelings Under the Sun: How to Deal With Climate Change is a thoughtful book that will help young readers work through their feelings of anxiety about climate change. Through informative text and activities, the book gives children age-appropriate information about the climate crisis

All We Can Save is an anthology of writings by 60 women at the forefront of the climate movement who are harnessing truth, courage, and solutions to lead humanity forward.

Eco Anxious is a website that serves as a welcoming and calming online realm, aimed at people who feel alone in their climate fears.  It uses the power of stories to relieve that sense of isolation.

Gen Dread is a newsletter that shares nuanced perspectives on the emotional and psychological impacts of the climate crisis.  It regularly explores tools for coping with eco-stress, the intersection of eco-anxiety and grief.

Our Kids Climate: How to Talk to Children About the Climate Crisis gives access to a resource guide and webinar with age appropriate materials.

This blogpost is reproduced from the Zero Emissions Schools program newsletter. If you’d like to read more like this, or explore how Zero Emissions Schools might work with your community, please take a look here or email Jenni at

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