Open Educational Resources for creatively engaging students in communicating Drawdown solutions. Our research on this project shows that the use of ‘good-natured’ comedy and fun helps young people process negative emotions regarding global warming, feeds hope, and sustains commitment to climate action. Additionally, embodying concepts is beneficial to learners.
-Each of the activities below is linked to a PDF of a ‘grab and go’ lesson plan that is classroom-tested, ready for easy implementation in the classroom or informal learning environment.
Drawdown, Act Up! Activities and Games:
- Body Outlining: General warm up for embodied engagement
- Food/Refrigerator/Refrigerant: Drawdown Solution #1
- The Omnivore Game: Drawdown Solution #4
Facilitate your students in creating their own skits and activities with help from this: Devising Skits Resource Sheet
The already-created examples below can be used to guide and inspire students.
Drawdown, Act Up! Skits:
- Grandma Fridge Cools Off: Drawdown Solution #1
- Wind Turbines Are Beautiful: Drawdown Solution #2
- A Hungry Caterpillar: Drawdown Solution #3
- Recycled Toilet Paper: Drawdown Solution #5 | Recycled Toilet Paper song
- Devising Skits Resource Sheet: Facilitating students in creating their own skits
Good-Natured Comedy to Enrich Climate Communication by Beth Osnes, Max Boykoff, and Patrick Chandler (Comedy Studies, 2019)
A Laughing Matter? Confronting Climate Change Through Humor by Max Boykoff and Beth Osnes (Political Geography, 2019)
Leave 'em Laughing Instead of Crying: Climate Humor Can Break Down Barriers and Find Common Ground by Max Boykoff (The Conversation, 2019)
A Theory of Climate Change—and Climate Wonder—for the Classroom by Jonathan Hahn (Sierra Club, 2018)