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Goal 13 – Climate Action

Connecting Experience

The negative effects of climate change are already visible in so many aspects of life. Offsetting the impact of climate change starts with education, awareness, and individual action. We can all do something small to offset our footprint on this planet that we call home.


Climate Island 
Wake up points
Age Group:   7+Amount of people:  10+

Time:   20-30 minutes


To learn about the effects of climate change and think of things we can do to slow it down.


Open Space to run around in

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Polar Huts 
Wake up points
Age Group:   11+Amount of people:  10+

Time:   20-30 minutes


To learn how climate change affects some parts of the world more than others.


Items to build shelters from (chairs, blankets, tarps, rope etc), something to mark out space per patrol (cones, rope etc.)

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Recycling relay 
Look around points
Age Group:   7+Amount of people:  10+

Time:   20-30 min


To learn about the rules of recycling and how to do it in their community.  


Open space to run around in, different type of garbage or cards with the name of the garbage on it, 4 bins labelled “reuse”, “recycle”, “trash”, “compost” (if your country has a specific colour for the bin use it!)

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Split the group into teams, with enough rubbish that each participant gets at least one turn.  

The teams will race each other, starting by grabbing a piece of garbage, then going through an obstacle course which finishes at their team’s set of bins. They must put their piece of garbage into the correct bin and then run back to their team so the next person can go.  

The team that finishes first is awarded 5 points and then each team gets a point per piece of rubbish they’ve placed in the correct bin. The winner is the team with the most points.  


  • Is it easy to recycle?  
  • Can you do it everywhere? At home? At school? On the street?  
  • What do you do when you see trash on the ground?  
  • Do you think everyone knows what the right bin to use is?  
  • What could you do to help people learn what bin to use? 
Climate Quiz 
Look around points
Age Group:   11+Amount of people: 5+

Time:   30 minutes


To know and be aware of the importance of the fight against global warming.


A buzzer for each team (they can choose any object that makes a sound, or a sound they can make themselves)

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This is a quiz made up of statements that need to be completed by the group. Depending on the knowledge of your group, you can adapt how many options you give, or just read the statement and have the participants offer their own response.  

You could set the room up like a quiz show and have teams buzz in when they have an answer or turn it into a race where participants have to run up and back when they think they have the answer. 

Here are a few ideas for questions, with answers highlighted, but feel free to add more or take some away depending on your group!  



1) Which Arctic animal do many scientists consider most vulnerable to extinction due to global warming? 

  • Toucans
  • Tropical frogs
  • Polar bears
  • Narwhals

2) During what time of day does air travel have the least damaging effect on the environment? 

  • Daytime
  • Night time
  • They are equally damaging

3) How long does it take for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to disperse? 

  • 10 years
  • 1 year
  • 50 years
  • 100 years

4) The atmosphere is warming because humans… 

  • Buy too many radiators      
  • Release radioactive particles      
  • Use resources which increase the greenhouse effect
  • Cause acid rain 

5) The main reason why the sea level can rise is… 

  • a) There will be more rain and therefore more water in the oceans     
  • b) That water expands as it warms up
  • Icebergs around the North Pole will melt
  • The reasons are not known 

6) The greenhouse gas that humans release the most is… 

  • CFCs      
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Methane (CH4)      
  • Ozone (O3) 

7) The biggest problem of deforestation from a climate point of view is…. 

  • The removal of trees that would have consumed CO2      
  • Energy consumption at slaughter       
  • Deforestation has nothing to do with the greenhouse effect!      
  • Emissions when biomass is burned  

8) What is the most energy-efficient type of freight transport? 

  • Rail transport  
  • River transport
  • Road transport     

9) What consumes the most energy in the house? 

  • Cooking meals  
  • Heating  
  • Lighting 

10) Due to a warmer climate, animal and plant life… 

  • Will move further south and towards the sea      
  • Will move further north and at higher altitudes      
  • Will move but we don’t know where or how      
  • Will not be affected because plants and animals are robust   

 11) Deforestation is… 

  • When trees are felled or burned without being replaced by new trees  
  • When trees are felled or burned and replaced by new trees      
  • Forest-related science      
  • Forestry (forest exploitation)   
Tawashi Sponge 
ACT points
Age Group:   7+Amount of people:  10+

Time:   4 hours


To make their own reusable sponge, minimising waste and turning something old into something new. 


  • One wood board 20 x 20 cm 
  • A ruler or graduated square to measure  
  • A pen 
  • About thirty long flat-headed nails (minimum length 3 cm) 
  • A hammer 
  • A pair of scissors 
  • Fabric cut into strips (old T-Shirt, socks, wool tights, sheets, etc.) 
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Tawashi sponges originate from Japan, they are reusable sponges made from old fabrics. They are washable and very easy to make. These could be used for camp, or sold at a local market to raise funds for your group! 

 Step 1: Make a Weaving machine 

  • Draw a 16x16cm square on the board  
  • Put a nail 3 cm away from each corner  
  • Then put 1 nail every 2 cm


Step 2: Make the strips of fabric 

  • Cut 14 strips of fabric, 3cm wide 


Step 3: Tawashi weaving 

  • Place a strip on a nail on one horizontal side and stretch it on the opposite nail. Repeat along the board with the next 6 bands
  • Place the next strip on the first nail on the vertical side and pass over and under the successive horizontal strips, so as to form a weave
  • Then inversely for the next strip which passes under and over in order to continue weaving
  • Repeat alternately until there are no more nails


Step 4: Closing the Tawashi 

  • Start from an angle and catch the first loop
  • Pass the second loop inside the first loop, then pass the next loop inside, until the last loop
  • Repeat this last loop in itself to finish
Eco Bricks 
ACT points
Age Group:   11+Amount of people:  3+

Time:   2-4 weeks


To observe the amount of waste they produce over a set period of time, and to learn to repurpose this waste into something useful for their community.


Plastic bottle, waste plastic, silicone sealant//cement (depending on building project) packing stick

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Have each participant collect a single use plastic bottle, ideally one that is easy to find in your community. For building purposes it’s important that each patrol or group choose the same style of bottle. Set them the task of keeping track of the non-compostable, non-recyclable waste they create over the next 2 weeks. You can have them pack it into their bottles at home or during a meeting. 

Participants should be made aware of how to create a brick that is suitable for building before they begin. Information can be found on  

Plan what you want to create from your eco bricks, you could make a bench for your local park, furniture for your meeting room, flower pots, anything you can think of! You could make smaller pieces in patrols, or work as a unit to create a large structure. Think about where the structure will go and if you need to get permission to place it there.  

If you need more bricks for your project participants could collect waste from their friends and family (offering them a chance to start discussions with those around them about climate change!) or you could continue creating bricks over a longer period of time. Perhaps participants could work with other groups in their community to teach them how to make eco bricks and collect the bricks for their project!  


  • Where you surprised at how much/little waste you produced?  
  • What are things you could do to produce less waste? 
  • What are things companies or supermarkets could do to create products with less waste? 
  • What other things could you make from eco bricks? 

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