Welcome to the Global Conversation sessions!
If you have missed a session at school or would like to recap what you have learnt, then work through the activities below.
In this video, Tom and Olivia walk you through each activity or scroll down and read through each step instead.
Take a look at this cartoon and answer the questions.
Now look at the full picture and answer the questions.
Can you summarise the keywords below in ten words or less?
When something is described as “green” it means that it is environmentally friendly (kind to the environment).
For example, “green research” means research about how people could help the environment.
Build back greener
The pandemic has caused a lot of damage. Now, governments need to decide how to help countries to recover - or “build back”. Lots of people think that going back to normal is not good enough. They think governments should “build back greener” and make decisions that help the environment and the climate as well as people. For example, by spending money to help nature recover or making new rules to slow climate change.
Why should we "build back greener"? Read through these reasons and share your opinion below. Make sure you can give a reason for your choice.
Here are some ways to build back greener and what they mean.
- Invest in green energy = Stop using fossil fuels (coal, crude oil and natural gas) and start using renewable energy sources. For example, solar power or wind power.
- Support green business = Give money to businesses that are environmentally friendly and that are not bad for the climate.
- Help nature = For example, by planting trees, reducing pollution or protecting habitats.
- Support green research = Give money to help experts find out how to slow climate change.
- Invest in green transport = Make transport more climate-friendly. For example, make more electric cars or a green public-transport system.
Now, some questions to help you evaluate them:
- Which of these ways to “build back greener” will help the climate most?
- Which of these ways to “build back greener” will help the most people?
- Which of these ways to “build back greener” will change how we live the most?
- Which of these ways to “build back greener” is the most important for your country?
- Which of these ways to “build back greener” is easiest for a person to do without government support?
Challenge: can you come up with your own questions?
And finally, if you could only choose one way to "build back greener", which one would it be and why?
Over to you
- We'd love to hear what you think about the questions in this session. Read what other students think, reply to them and add your own ideas in the comment section below.
- Join this week's cluster conversation to discuss: Which of these ways to “build back greener” is the most important for your country? Find your cluster here.