Students as partners, not just stakeholders

An article was written for the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) "Ideas From Teachers" blog. Student leadership and youth empowerment has always been a core component of my approach to teaching, and I learned to recognise and move from ‘tokenism’ leadership towards ‘partnership’. Here’s my experience, which may give you some encouragement and ideas to hand over the reins yourself.

GAConf21 – Compassion via the Interwebs

The #GAConf21 Organising Committee can now confirm that the conference will be held online. Rest assured that the discussions taking place aims to turn a set-back into an opportunity to put on a great event.

Why Not Now? (Youth Climate Summit 2020)

A performance piece inspired by young people for the Youth Climate Summit 2020. Written, performed and produced by Kit Rackley. Watch the performance , and click on the links embedded in the lyrics to explore case-studies of positive climate action by young people.

Why Not Now?: There is no Planet B

👈 BACK TO POEM Because there “is no Planet-B”They rightly declare each FridayThe young and their allies know what’s a stakeThis is a climate emergency “Climate-related events that really gave me hope were the UK Youth Climate School Strikes.” says Youth Climate Summit Ambassador Chara. “Seeing so many people come together to fight for our … Continue reading Why Not Now?: There is no Planet B

Why Not Now?: The Penpont Project

👈 BACK TO POEM Together? What about three-hundred? Farmers, landowners, conservationists Will partner with you on a Brecon Beacon’s bluff Just faith and trust is all it takesFollow in their footsteps, set off a chain reactionAnd restore nature away from the rough Youth Climate Summit Ambassador Hana had the privilege of taking part in the … Continue reading Why Not Now?: The Penpont Project

Why Not Now?: Mother Nature’s fashion show

👈 BACK TO POEM You’re the soul of the community and so Become the centre of it too Join, lead, run an event Pick up litter, clean that river One of the Youth Climate Summit Ambassadors is demonstrating how you can combine creativity with sustainably by setting up her own clothes shop. But rather than … Continue reading Why Not Now?: Mother Nature’s fashion show

Why Not Now?: Litter picking and cleaning rivers

👈 BACK TO POEM You’re the soul of the community and so Become the centre of it too Join, lead, run an event Pick up litter, clean that river Youth Climate Summit Ambassador Ella has been to a few events, one being an Extinction Rebellion (XR) litter picking rally in Richmond along the River Thames, … Continue reading Why Not Now?: Litter picking and cleaning rivers

Why Not Now?: Forests and Forest Schools

👈 BACK TO POEM A game of how many trees can you plant A race to twenty-five or forty Saplings to be nurtured In fields of shrubs and glorious mud A number of Youth Climate Summit Ambassadors have got their hands dirty with planting trees. In particular, Alexandra set herself a challenge with how many … Continue reading Why Not Now?: Forests and Forest Schools

Why Not Now?: Doing it in style

👈 BACK TO POEM And you’re doing it in styleWith art, creativity and skill Working with the Horsham Youth Eco Forum and National Trust, Youth Climate Summit Ambassador Max has got up to plenty of things. As well as writing newsletters about climate issues, they have been taking part in one of the many citizen … Continue reading Why Not Now?: Doing it in style

Why Not Now?: Create news and spread the word

👈 BACK TO POEM Create news and spread the word!So others can follow what you do Jack Clark is a Youth Climate Summit Ambassador that is known not just in his own school, but across six. Jack helped to create an eco-group that spans a growing number of schools calling it the Climate Justice Revolution … Continue reading Why Not Now?: Create news and spread the word