Heart for the Earth
The UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) and Church of England General Synod (February 2020) stimulated heartfelt discussions upon climate change. Many highlighted the current climate emergency and the factors which had contributed to it, and the subsequent expression for the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions and live more sustainably. A number of agreements and plans were made with a vision of a more sustainable future, one which sees the flourishing of the planet and all life upon it. It is this vision which is animating much discussion and action, not least amongst children and young people. Climate change is a key moral and spiritual issue of our time. In responding to this, the Diocesan Board of Education wishes to support diocesan schools’ thinking around climate change and carbon neutral and have launched a two-year project called 'Heart for the Earth'.
How we think (head), connect (hearts) and act (hands) towards the earth is vital in ensuring the flourishing of all creation, including humanity. Our curriculum offer here at St.Michael's aims to attend to all three aspects to enable our children and adults to respond in an informed and considered manner to climate change. Bringing together all three aspects form the basis of a ‘pedagogy of hope and action’ throughout the curriculum where pupils are empowered to act as advocates for the planet. Indeed, focussing on hope alongside meaningful and achievable actions (hands) can help alleviate the climate anxiety and despair that exists around us.
As we continue to engage with the Heart for the Earth resources and look at new ways to embrace our vision of being 'effective global citizens' we will use this page of our website to share our journey with you.
Reflection time: Exploring this at home together
Year 1 - Exploring the school environment