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Climate Ed: Inspiring Kids on Climate Action

by Ben Cuddon in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 7th December 2021 we successfully raised £6,700 ( + est. £425.00 Gift Aid ) with 108 supporters in 42 days

We provide children and their families with knowledge and inspiration to get involved in climate action - and have fun in the process.

by Ben Cuddon in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We will put any extra money towards continuing our work in the summer term 2022 - delivering our programme to more primary schools across south London.


Thank you for all your wonderful generous contributions. Just a reminder that Aviva will match your donations UP TO £50. If you want to give more than £50 it's better to spread it amongst multiple people because then we benefit from more match funding.

Our simple and engaging approach inspires children into climate action. And we’d love your support to carry on the work. 

So, what exactly do we do?

We teach children about climate science to inspire them and their families to take action. We do this by sending trained community volunteers into schools to deliver workshops about carbon literacy. 

 What’s the goal?

We aim to give children the knowledge and the motivation to get involved with the issue and discover that climate action can be fun. Through this we also aim to make children less anxious about the issue, by giving them a message of hope and positivity.

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Images: The workshop team in our first ever school, Loughborough Primary in south London and one of our volunteers, Suzanne, leading a workshop in July 2021    

We’ve already achieved so much!

So far, our volunteers have educated over 4000 children about climate change!

However, we started off very small and now we need your support  to reach even more students. We’ve got lots of volunteers and schools who want to welcome them – we're currently working with primary schools in south London (Merton, Wandsworth, Lambeth and Southwark).

We're responding to the immediate need for more teaching about climate in schools. 75% of teachers recently said they hadn’t received adequate training to teach about climate change (YouGov Survey 2019). Our volunteers have energy, expertise and a great set of activities to engage children. Through video animation, drama role plays and art-based activities, we get them thinking about climate change in a fun, positive way, and taking small bite-size actions that feel manageable and worthwhile. 

 How we spend the money

All money donated through this Crowdfunder will go to frontline services – paying the costs of delivering workshops in schools, rather than fundraising or other costs.

 Our goals

We want to send 20 volunteers into 20 schools in the spring term 2022. On average the programme reaches 30 students each time. That’s 600 students, plus their families.

If each of these families is inspired to drop just one tonne from their annual carbon footprint, that’s 600 tonnes! 

 A breakdown of the costs

It’ll cost us £5200 to train and support those 20 volunteers. Then in the summer term for the same amount of money we will send 30 volunteers into 30 schools. The cost per volunteer will come down as volunteers are retained from term to term and old volunteers are able to train new volunteers.

To get technical.... for the spring term, if we save 600 tonnes at a cost of £5200, that works out at £8.67 per tonne of CO2. Direct air capture of CO2 currently costs anything from £70-£400 per tonne. By teaching people about carbon literacy and saving the CO2 going into the atmosphere in the first place, we could save CO2 between 8 and 45 times more efficiently than removal/sequestration methods!

Our initial target was £1500 to add to the £3700 we already have for the spring term. Thanks to everyone's generosity we easily reached that, so we have now revised our target to £6700 - that's £1500 for the spring term and £5200 to cover the summer term. 

Thank you all for your support.

Can you support us to reach more children? 

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Images: Some of our volunteers. From L to R: Luisella makes sustainable party kits for children, Isabelle is a journalist with the BBC and CNN, Radha is a sustainability consultant, Paramita works in Fintech.

You can find out more about our work here.

Here are some testimonials from schools:

  • ‘Climate Ed were nothing but fantastic.’ (Ravenstone Primary, London)
  • ‘The presentation was perfect and got the children talking. Brilliant.’ (Wimbledon Chase Primary, London)
  • ‘I would recommend that all children have the opportunity to take part in this carefully constructed and relevant programme.’ (Furzedown Primary School, London)

 And from the children:

  • ‘I enjoyed it because it inspired me to do more things to help climate change. It was all amazing.’
  • ‘Now I want to help the world by spreading the word.’
  • ‘Before I knew about climate change but had no idea how to prevent it. But now I feel passionate about the topic and I know how I can help.'
  • ‘I enjoyed all of it because it was inspiring.’
  • ‘I liked learning about the carbon footprint of foods and transport. I liked the people teaching us, they were very nice.’
  • ‘It is interesting and amazing, so well done!’
  • ‘I loved it.’
  • ‘I liked it all and I know much more now.’
  • ‘I think I have learned a lot and I'm going to try and spread the word.’
  • ‘I enjoyed all of it, it was amazing!’

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Images: Street outreach work in Brixton and Wimbledon, 2019

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