Earth Day assembly – playing your part
This whole school assembly was designed to celebrate Earth Day on 22 April each year, but could be used at any time of year to talk to children about the environment and their role in protecting it.
The assembly looks at children who have made the news in their bid to raise environmental awareness and put climate change at the top of the political agenda, for example, Greta Thunberg, and explores the small changes we can all make to protect the Earth.
The resource includes teaching notes and a PowerPoint presentation and is intended to last approximately 20 minutes.
An extract from the resource:
Tell the children that sometimes it can feel as if the problems facing our planet are so big, that there is very little we as individuals can do to make a difference.
Take the recycling bin full of scrap paper, and tell the children that each bit of screwed-up paper inside it represents a big problem facing the Earth. Now tip it out all over the floor at the front of the hall. What a mess! It’s going to take one person quite a bit of effort to sort all that out. If it was your job to clear up every single problem, you might feel rather overwhelmed!
Ask: Does anyone have an idea how we could clean up this mess more easily?