Activities: Quick, little preparation required
Modes of transport
Ask learners to think of a range of different modes of transport. This could include cars, buses, the Tube, trains, ships, airplanes, walking, bicycles, skateboards, tricycles, scooters etc. Explain what fossil fuels are (oil based products such as petrol, diesel etc which release carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere contributing to climate change.) Ask the children to work in small groups to sort the types of transport into two piles: transport that requires fossil fuels and transport that does not require fossil fuel.
Carbon dioxide emissions from different modes of transport are presented in the graph below. Ask learners to manipulate the data eg. write the information as a series of sentences, or present as a Pie Chart.
Walk to school day
Organise a walk to school day and explore the issues that transportation to school raises in your local community.
Ask your school council to pass a policy on carbon use by your school and appoint some children to be ‘Carbon Detectives’ to take an active role in working towards sustainability. See web-links for further ideas.
Ask learners to research and write a newspaper article promoting either the health and environmental benefits of a) the use of pedal power and bicycles or b) walking.